Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

  • Female sta observe physical distancing while participating in a yoga session in Damascus © 2020 UNRWA Photo

    Rapid Increase in Number of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19


    As the epidemiological situation across Syria has rapidly evolved over the past two months, rising patient numbers are adding pressure to the fragile health system....

  • SFO teacher: Hazar al-Madi in her classroom at the UNRWA Haifa School in Damascus, Syria. © 2020 UNRWA photo by Taghrid Mohammed
    The UNRWA Education Programme were deft in rapidly setting up remote learning plan for Palestine refugee students in the Agency’s 103 schools across Syria to ensure the continuation of students’ access to quality, inclusive, and equitable education
  • Israa al-Rifai, 15, is an UNRWA student at the UNRWA Shafa Amr School in Barzeh, Damascus. © 2020 Photo courtesy of Israa al-Rifai
    Israa is originally from Yarmouk refugee camp. Together with her parents and her two brothers, she fled from the camp in 2012. Like thousands of others, the family has been displaced repeatedly in the years that followed.
  • Hajj Ma'rouf stands in front of the remains of his damaged home in Ein el Tal, Syria. © 2020 UNRWA photo by Suzanne Leuenberger
    “Not only did I come back and repair our home in Ein el Tal, but I also recovered from a stroke! I was told that I might never walk again, but now, I’ve cultivated a garden, even in the face of danger from explosive remnants of war.

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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Facts and Figures

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.

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Funding Requirements

The Agency has reduced its appeal from US$ 277 million in 2019 to US$ 212 million in 2020 to preserve life-saving humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees affected by the Syria regional crisis. Although the needs for Palestine refugees remain the same, with over  per cent living below the poverty line, this reduction is based on projected funding trends and reflects the unprecedented funding crisis faced by UNRWA in 2019.  In Syria, UNRWA continues to provide cash assistance to about 418,000 Palestine refugees to support them in meeting their basic needs. UNRWA is also the main provider of basic health care for more than 438,000 Palestine refugees estimated to remain inside Syria, as well as providing education to more than 51,000 students. In nine official camps, the Agency ensures access to basic services, including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Read more in the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2020

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Received to Date$0
Gap$212,846,000
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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 YOU 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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