syria, lebanon and jordan emergency appeal 2023 progress report

Saturday, December 16, 2023

the unrwa response

In the face of increasing poverty amongst Palestine refugees, UNRWA’s major humanitarian intervention under this EA, during the first half of 2023, was the distribution of cash assistance for essential needs to a total of 604,894 individuals: 416,377 in Syria, 168,516 in Lebanon, and 20,001 in Jordan.

UNRWA delivered or subsidized 466,562 primary, secondary and tertiary health care consultations in Syria during the first half of 2023, exceeding the half-yearly target due to increased demand for UNRWA health services.

In Lebanon, UNRWA responded to 103,608 primary health care patient visits and referrals to hospitalisation services. In Jordan, 9,569 consultations were provided to PRS through UNRWA's 25 primary health care centres, four mobile dental clinics and in the Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS) clinic in Garden Camp (previously the King Abdullah Park), including referrals of secondary and tertiary cases to public and private hospitals.

Of the 48,153 Palestine refugee students in Syria who were enrolled during the last semester of the 2022/23 school year, 42,729 were provided with psychosocial support (PSS), allowing them to better cope with the impact of crises. In Lebanon, 37,737 students were enrolled in UNRWA schools during the first half of 2023, including 4,426 PRS children. Under this EA, 14,015 children were provided with transportation subsidies covering the worst winter months, enabling them to attend school. In Jordan, UNRWA elementary and preparatory schools provided education to 1,079 PRS and Syrian refugee students during the 2022/23 school year. In addition, 55,567 students, including 516 PRS students, attended at least one PSS counselling session.

In Lebanon, the Palestine refugee community witnessed a significant incidence of gender-based violence (GBV), as evidenced by the 93 reported cases to UNRWA during the reporting period. This surge mainly affected women and girls, underscoring the profound impact of deteriorating socio-economic conditions.

UNRWA al-Mjaidel/Sarafand rehabilitated school in Yarmouk, Damascus brings hope to the refugee community in the camp. © 2023 UNRWA. Photo by Taghrid Mohammad