Syrian Arab Republic: Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) OCHA , March 2015

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In January 2015 the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$30 million to the humanitarian response in Syria through its Under-Funded Window.

With these funds humanitarian actors working inside Syria aim to respond to the immediate lifesaving needs of an estimated 6.4 million people, prioritizing the most vulnerable, including displaced people, children, female-headed households, the elderly, people with disability and those with chronic diseases in key locations across the country.

The CERF allocation will also help to improve preparedness ahead of next winter, in addition to providing lifesaving health activities to 1.9 million people, delivering food assistance to 2.5 million conflict-affected people, and providing life-saving emergency assistance in food, shelter and winter items to almost 55,000 Palestine refugees.

The geographic locations of the projects were prioritized to include hard-to-reach areas wherever possible, as well as those with high concentrations of urgent life-saving needs. These areas have seen an erosion of coping mechanisms and asset depletion among IDPs and affected communities, as well as inadequate access to basic supplies, such as food, water and essential non-food items.

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