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Highlights:
In the Syrian Arab Republic:
308,813 reproductive health services delivered to Syrians
6,903 deliveries supported, including Caesarean-section deliveries
30,389 gender-based violence related services provided to Syrians
28,423 Syrians benefited from reproductive health and gender-based violence related messages
421,500 potential beneficiaries to benefit from reproductive health kits
26,000 dignity kits distributed.

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The risk of instability in the Middle East has increased as Syrian and Iraqi people continue to flee to neighboring cities and countries in order to escape the ongoing violence. Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq continue to experience economic and political pressure as a result of the massive influx that has increased their population size and is straining their resources.
 
 
 

 

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The conflict in Syria has caused the world’s worst humanitarian emergency since World War II, according to the United Nations, requiring the biggest relief operation in its 64-year history. The complex civil war in Syria has intensified recently with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) launching a sudden and murderous offensive across the region, forcing an average of one out of eight Syrians to flee across the border to neighbouring countries and has placed nearly half of the Syrian population and another 2 million displaced Iraqi persons in need to urgent help. Today, more than 3.5 million Syrian women and girls of reproductive age, of which 432,000 are pregnant, and more than 250,000 Iraqi displaced women are in dire need of urgent health and protection support.

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UNFPA provides maternal health care to women affected by the Syria crisis, but needs are growing. 

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Now, in the fourth year of the conflict, there are 2.9 million Syrian refugees registered in the region. The number of refugees continues to increase and camps and informal settlements are growing, some into sizeable cities. The highest number of Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, followed by Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt; 75 per cent are women and children and 25 per cent are women and girls of reproductive age. Host populations are being faced with high prices and scarcity of basic services while governments and humanitarian agencies are struggling to tackle the crisis given the current security situation and economic challenges.

 

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The conflict in Syria has caused the world’s worst humanitarian emergency since World War II, according to the United Nations, requiring the biggest relief operation in its 64-year history. The complex civil war in Syria has intensified recently with the Islamic State launching a sudden and murderous offensive across the region, forcing an average of one out of eight Syrians to flee across the border to neighbouring countries and has placed nearly half of the Syrian population and another 2 million displaced Iraqi persons in need to urgent help. Today, more than 3.5 million Syrian women and girls of reproductive age, of which 432,000 are pregnant, and more than 250,000 Iraqi displaced women are in dire need of urgent health and protection support.
 

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The ongoing crisis in Syria and its spillover effects continue to in­flict a devastating human and humanitarian toll on neighbouring countries. The rising numbers of displaced persons, the increasing pressure on refugee hosting countries and dwindling internation­al support left governments that already face economic and social challenges, along with the United Nations agencies, including UNF­PA, racing to meet the pressing humanitarian needs on the ground.
 

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SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC: UNFPA calls for urgent action to en¬hance the functionality of emergency obstetric care services, as the percentage of Caesarean sections in public health facilities soared from 29 per cent in 2009 to 45 per cent in 2013

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