Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

Carlos Pérez Osorio, 2018.

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UNRWA students stand with their school principals and Mr. Salem Dib, Chief of UNRWA education programme to receive an International School Award (ISA), in presence of Mr. David Knox, Country Director of the British Council in Lebanon. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Cécile Massin
Palestine refugees have been and continue to be among the most vulnerable populations in Lebanon
Elsie Abdallah adjusts the radio frequency as participants learn the phonetic alphabet © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abu Zeid.
“Uniform – November – Romeo – Whisky – Alfa,” Elsie Abdallah calls into the small black radio in her hand. “What am I spelling?” she asks the group of 30 women gathered in Neirab camp, near Aleppo, Syria. The women try to figure it out, using the phonetic alphabet projected on a screen in the front of the training room. A few seconds later, several call out, “UNRWA!” This is common scene during the Agency’s Women Security Awareness Training session. The one-day course is taught by women, for women. “Women are subject to a higher rate of safety incidents,” explains Elsie Abdallah, Head of...
Gharam Ghazi found a stable job thanks to support she received at the Community Centre in Dera’a. © 2018 UNRWA
I spent my childhood confined to bed, ill and depressed. When people visited us, I felt shy to meet them.
Mohammed, a 60-year-old Palestine refugee displaced from Ghouta picks up emergency assistance at the UNRWA Syria Field Office. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Fernande van Tets

This mid-year progress report covers the period 1 January through 30 June 2018 and is intended to provide an update on results achieved under the full range of indicators included in the 2018 Emergency Appeal (EA) for the Syria regional crisis. An annual report covering the whole of the year...

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Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict. Of the total 438,000 Palestine refugees from Syria, the vast majority require assistance. Click here to read more.

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HEALTH 

The ongoing conflict in Syria has had a serious impact on the health of the Palestine refugee community in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In Syria, virtually all 438,000 Palestine refugees rely on UNRWA to meet their health-care needs, either directly or through the Agency’s interventions. Costs associated with the provision of health services have risen exponentially as medical supplies and hospital services have become scarce and significantly more expensive. In the face of a shortage of qualified health professionals, UNRWA strives to ensure that its health programme in Syria remains adequately staffed.

In Syria, UNRWA offers preventive and curative health services through its health centres and health points as well as UNRWA-subsidised referrals to secondary and tertiary healthcare. Fifteen UNRWA health centres that provide primary health-care services are currently in operation, with a further 11 health points and one mobile clinic opened in areas with significant populations of displaced Palestine refugees. The health points have been set up in available spaces close to fleeing refugees and offer outpatient care, management and treatment of non-communicable disease, and pharmacy services. Some also offer maternal health care, as well as laboratory and dental facilities. UNRWA retains the capacity to deploy emergency health teams to areas of active conflict and displacement in the event of localized crises.

In Lebanon, primary health-care services is provided free of charge in all 27 UNRWA health centres, one health point and one mobile clinic. This service is vital given that Palestine refugees in Lebanon do not have access to public health services and in the context of their worsening socioeconomic situation. In 2018, UNRWA plans to provide care for approximately 150 chronic cases, such as cancers, multiple sclerosis, mental health cases and thalassemia.

In Jordan, the UNRWA emergency health programme ensures that all PRS temporarily residing in Jordan have free access to primary health services at the Agency’s 25 health centres and four mobile clinics located throughout the country. In 2018, UNRWA will maintain this level of service while ensuring that such services are available to all, including those who face challenging protection issues, as well as those whose freedom of movement is limited due to security concerns.

Gap 87.50
Coverage 12.50

Funding Requirements

In 2018, UNRWA requires US$ 438 million for its humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, centred on preserving resilience through the provision of humanitarian assistance in the form of cash, food and relief items. UNRWA is also the main provider of basic healthcare to all 438,000 Palestine refugees in Syria as well as providing education to more than 48,000 students. In the nine official camps, the Agency ensures access to basic services including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). As of 1st of September 2018, the Emergency Appeal for Syria is 12,5% funded.

Read more in the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2018

Total Appeal$438,000,000
Received to Date$54,750,000
Gap$383,250,000
Coverage12.50%
Gap87.50%

The Syria Crisis

Into the eighth year of conflict, conditions in Syria remain volatile and marked by continuing and intense armed violence and limited humanitarian access. Amid this unconscionable bloodshed and destruction, Palestine refugees remain particularly vulnerable and have been disproportionately affected by the conflict, due to their proximity to conflict areas inside Syria, high rates of poverty, and the tenuous legal status of those forced to flee to Lebanon and Jordan. The timeline below tells their story.

With thanks to our donors

Our ability to respond depends on the generosity of donors and the guarantee of safe and consistent access to those in need, in accordance with international law. We urge donors to maintain and increase their support in 2018 to mitigate the humanitarian impacts of the crisis in Syria, enhance the protection of civilians and prevent further suffering. We call on all parties to the Syria conflict to urgently pursue a negotiated solution and put an end to the violence, destruction, and violation of rights, dignity and humanity.

 

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