The humanitarian community now estimates that 13.5 million people in Syria need protection and humanitarian assistance, including 6 million children. 8.7 million people are unable to meet their basic food needs, and 70 per cent of the population lacks access to safe drinking water. Health facilities, schools, and other essential services across the country are operating at reduced capacity or closed. 6.5 million people are internally displaced in Syria due to the conflict
To respond to the immediate needs of refugees and migrants on the move in western Turkey, UNICEF and partners distributed 12,750 family hygiene kits, reaching 60,000 people, and 5,000 baby hygiene kits throughout the provinces of Balıkesir, İzmir, Çanakkale, Kırklareli, Muğla and Edirne, as well as in Istanbul.
Identifying children with malnutrition early on is a key part of UNICEF’s pledge to promote child survival and growth in Iraq. In October, UNICEF worked with the MoH and DoH at district level to screen 2,545 children (1,314 girls and 1,231 boys) across the 9 refugee camps in the KRI, of which 632 children were identified as malnourished.
In Jordan, UNICEF built two school complexes with support from the USA and Germany. They opened on 27 October 2015 and can accommodate up to 2,400 additional students in double-shift mode.
In Lebanon, UNICEF has supplied and installed a new distribution network in Majdel Anjar village in Bekaa. The area is home to over 15,000 Lebanese inhabitants and 17,000 Syrian refugees. UNICEF’s private sector contractors managed the replacement of the old contaminated line with a 4-inch pipeline.