Days before the grim 7-year mark of a conflict that has led to alarming levels of mental health problems, 21 Syrian social workers, psychologists and physicians gathered in Gaziantep, Turkey, near the Syrian border.
They came together to learn skills and standardized approaches so that they can teach the basics of helping people suffering from mental health conditions to a new cadre of psychosocial workers across northern Syria. Developed and organized by the WHO field office in Gaziantep, the training had a sense of urgency.
Louise Roland Gosselin, Head of Mission Greece
Two years ago, the European Union and its member States decided to historically fail thousands of people and to compromise the very concept of asylum by agreeing to return to Turkey asylum seekers seeking safety in Europe. Since then, our medical teams in Greece have witnessed an endless stream of misery and desperation from the thousands of men, women and children who continue to arrive on Greek shores and are trapped on the Greek islands. It’s them who pay the real cost of this dirty deal.
Cáritas Europa y Cáritas Grecia suscriben una nota conjunta cuando se cumplen dos años del acuerdo entre la UE y Turquía
Cáritas. 15 de marzo de 2018.- Cáritas Europa y Cáritas Grecia exigen en una nota conjunta difundida hoy el fin inmediato de la humillante situación de los migrantes en las islas griegas.
Geneva, Thursday 15 March 2018
Humanitarian access has deteriorated in seven countries over the past six months, according to the Humanitarian Access Overview report released today by ACAPS.
Out of the 37 countries included in the report, nearly half of them (18) are currently facing high humanitarian access constraints. Moderate humanitarian access constraints are an issue in nine countries and ten present low humanitarian access constraints.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 14 March 2018
Following through on its commitment to support Syrian refugees in Turkey, the European Commission is today mobilising additional funding for the Facility for Refugees which has so far given 500.000 children access to education and is supporting 1.2 million refugees with monthly cash transfers.
Close to 400 000 men, women and children remain besieged in eastern Ghouta, where intense hostilities continue to exact a heavy toll on the civilian population. The besieged enclave has seen a dramatic upsurge in civilian casualties amid a sharp escalation in airstrikes and ground-based attacks.
The European Agenda on Migration continues to provide a comprehensive framework for the EU's work on migration. Action is being taken forward on all the key work strands of the Agenda but the migratory challenge and pressure remains very high, bearing in mind the geopolitical fragility and long term demographic and socio-economic trends in Europe's neighbourhood and beyond.
During 2017, almost 38,900 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 25 countries in Europe,2 36% more than during 2016 and over three times greater than the average rate of 12,400 submissions per year during the last decade.
Between 2007 and 2016, Europe’s proportion of resettlement sub-missions globally has increased from approximately 9% to more than 18%, and in 2017 reached 52%. This is primarily due to a significant decrease globally in new submissions for resettlement, most notably to the United States of America.
As the war in Syria enters its eighth year, thousands of Syrian refugees are at risk of a potentially life-threatening return to Syria.
The United States, Europe and Syria's neighbouring countries have been openly discussing sending Syrian refugees back to the war-torn country. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warns against this and argues that the time is not right for a large-scale return of refugees.
YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the announcement of a US$72.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan. The generous infusion of funding will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance in 23 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
578.0 M required for 2018
21.8 M contributions received, representing 4% of requirements
556.2 M funding gap for the Iraq Situation Response
All figures are displayed in USD
1,968.4 M required for 2018
171.9 M contributions received, representing 9% of requirements
1,796.5 M funding gap for the Syria Situation
All figures are displayed in USD
At the end of December, over 1.06 million Syrian children across the region are enrolled in formal education in schools located in camps and host communities. Additionally, over 287,000 Syrian children are enrolled in non-formal education. Some highlights of the Education Sector across the region in December include:
The WASH response is facing a critical funding shortage, particularly in Lebanon and Iraq. For example, at current funding levels in Lebanon, partners will struggle to sustain services for 190,000 people living in informal settlements beyond April 2018.
In 2017, approximately 2.76 million primary health care consultations were provided, and over 175,000 referrals were made to secondary or tertiary health care, representing 73 per cent and 76 per cent of the respective 2017 targets. Some highlights of the Health and Nutrition Sector across the region in December include: