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14 Dec 2017 description

This factsheet provides a summary of the activities that the ICRC carries out for vulnerable migrants and their families in the Middle East. It explains our approach and describes what we, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, do to help protect and assist migrants along migration routes in the Middle East.

14 Dec 2017 description

Executive Summary

International Medical Corps sought to enhance existing knowledge to develop a profile of coping mechanisms and help-seeking behaviors utilized among the Syrian refugee population in Jordan, along with identifying barriers to service utilization. Through this assessment, International Medical Corps also seeks to provide information that may contribute to a wider discussion as relevant national and international actors consider how to further promote Mental Health and Psychosocial Services in Jordan.

13 Dec 2017 description

In a year of tumult, were there any positive trends? Experts point to a number of areas where progress was made, from reducing child mortality and poverty to improving women’s rights.

Article by Claire Felter

December 13, 2017

The year 2017 was marked by conflict, instability, and humanitarian crises. But there were bright spots as well. CFR editors cite ten areas where progress has been reported.

Read the full article on CFR

12 Dec 2017 description

Amman – The psychological effects of the six-year-long Syrian conflict have been devastating for many of those affected. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is helping enhance psychosocial support to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Today (12/12) in Amman, front-line officers working with refugees will complete a three-day psychosocial support training, which aimed to improve the capacity of frontline protection and health workers to incorporate mental health and psychosocial support in their work.

12 Dec 2017 description


December 12, 2017

AMMAN / GENEVA - United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 4.4 billion plan designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries.

08 Dec 2017 description


  • Intensified SARG aerial and artillery attacks in Eastern Ghouta result in more than 200 civilian deaths

  • Health organizations stress urgent need for improved medical resources amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions

  • Explosive hazard contamination in Ar Raqqah causes multiple returnee casualties

  • Despite insecurity, interagency convoys reach conflict-affected populations


07 Dec 2017 description

Mohammad, a 25-year-old refugee from northern Syria, was preparing for his wedding when the war broke out in 2012. From that point on, his life as a carpenter changed and accessing basic necessites like food and water became a struggle. With his parents and siblings, they fled to Turkey, leaving his fiancée behind.

06 Dec 2017 description

New publication launched: Local Humanitarian Action in Practice – Case Studies and Reflections of Local Humanitarian Actors

03 Dec 2017 description

On 3 December, UNRWA joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Removing barriers and facilitating inclusion can empower persons with disabilities to become agents of change in their own lives and communities, striving towards ending exclusion and promoting equality.

01 Dec 2017 description
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The Global Humanitarian Overview

  • Is the world’s most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of humanitarian needs;

  • Is based on detailed analysis of wide-ranging data from many different sources, and face-to-face interviews with hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by humanitarian crises across the globe;

30 Nov 2017 description

34,463 refugees are currently in the camp, from a total of 53,021 persons of concern registered.

57.59% are children, including 249 unaccompanied minors

There are 1,186 people with disabilities in the camp; 37.94% of these are children.

3 in 10 households are headed by women

8,258 shelters are currently in use in the camp.

10,479 have been built since Azraq opened in 2014.

Working with Partners

UNHCR works with the following partners in Azraq Camp:

30 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Global agreements on migration and refugees should include commitments to protect children, UNICEF urges world leaders

Ahead of international meeting on migration in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, UNICEF releases blueprint for how to protect children on the move

Download photos, broll and the full report: http://uni.cf/2BlX6ga

29 Nov 2017 description

By the end of September, approximately 2.14 million primary health care consultations were provided, and over 133,000 referrals were made to secondary or tertiary health care, representing 56 per cent and 58 per cent of the respective 2017 targets. The number of health facilities supported across the region stands now at 235, also 3,586 health care staff has been trained and over 677,000 children have been immunized. Some highlights of the Health and Nutrition Sector across the region in September include:

29 Nov 2017 description

These dashboards reflect selected regional sectoral indicators on the humanitarian and resilience responses of more than 240 partners involved in the 3RP Inter-Agency Appeal in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Achievements are regionally aggregated and cumulative from the start of 2017 and targets are based on full funding of the 3RP 2017 and an expected population of 4.7 million refugees by end-2017.

28 Nov 2017 description
  • 30,000 Syrian refugee families supported per month
  • 16 million USD distributed
  • 35% UNHCR is sole source of income
28 Nov 2017 description
  • 14,156 Syrian refugee families are on the waiting list
  • 81% families with children
  • 24% families with persons living with disability
28 Nov 2017 description
  • 3,914 patients were received at the UN clinic in Rukban, providing assistance to those stranded at the north eastern border
  • Winter assistance began for nearly 330,000 refugees, providing cash and basic items to prepare for the cold weather
  • Kitchen extensions for 1,620 shelters in Azraq were finalized, improving living conditions in the camp

Operational Context

28 Nov 2017 description

The Government of the Republic of Korea has contributed US$ 500,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help ensure the continuity of the Agency’s educational and health services to Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Jordan. An agreement was jointly signed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Jordan, Ambassador Lee Bom-yon, and UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl on 15 November in Amman.