UNICEF Syria-wide Humanitarian Situation Report: April 2021 – Syrian Arab Republic


Strong points

  • As part of the COVAX installation, the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine doses was delivered to Syria, with 203,000 doses via Damascus and 53,800 via Gaziantep to northwestern Syria. These have been allocated to frontline health workers, including in the northeast and northwest.

  • A fire in the substation that supplies electricity to the Alouk water station on April 12 disrupted access to water for two weeks, affecting one million people, including 70,000 people in Alouk. -Hol and in other camps and settlements in the region. This was the second water cut in 2021 and the twenty-third since October 2019. In response, WASH sector partners transported up to 3,231 m3 of water per day, although this is fine. less than the capacity of 4000 m3 / hour of the water station. .

  • UNICEF celebrated International Mine Awareness Day on April 4 with partners through mass media, SMS messages and face-to-face interventions. Vital messages reached 85,287 children (45,454 girls) and 7,086 caregivers (3,390 women), including residents of northwest and northeastern Syria, bringing this year’s total to 316,408 children and caregivers.

  • UNICEF has so far received only 27% of the funds needed to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 4.8 million children in 2021.

Situation in figures*

4,800,000 children in need of humanitarian assistance

11 100,000 people in need

6,183,919 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

490,000 Children in need in hard-to-reach areas (source: OCHA, Humanitarian Response Plan, 2020)

* Please note that these figures reflect the HAC 2020 estimates. The latest estimates published in the 2021 Summary of Needs and Responses will be reflected in the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan under review, then in the UNICEF HAC and included in the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan under review. start of sitrep.

Funding overview and partnerships

In 2021, UNICEF needs US $ 330.8 million to provide life-saving assistance to 9.1 million people (including 5.5 million children) across Syria, according to the report. Humanitarian action for children (HAC). Of the total financing requirements, US $ 88,458,986 is available, leaving a gap of 73%. The HAC is being revised as part of the planning for the humanitarian response for 2021.

In January 2021, 13.4 million people would be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection, including 6.08 million children. This is a 25% increase from 2020 (4.8 million children in need, as included in the HAC 2020). UNICEF and humanitarian partners in Syria need sustained support to maintain vital services, especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly critical gaps include the funds needed to protect the most vulnerable children through psychosocial support, case management and explosive ordnance risk education. Funding is also urgently needed for preventive and curative nutrition services as well as social protection and cash assistance to reduce the extreme vulnerabilities children face due to rapidly rising food prices. food and the deterioration of the economic situation of families.

This year, the governments of Belgium, Canada, ECHO, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden , Switzerland and the United States, as well as the national committees of the Syrian Humanitarian Fund and UNICEF have generously contributed to UNICEF’s humanitarian response across Syria. UNICEF expresses its sincere gratitude to all public and private partners for the contributions received.


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