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The crises in Syria and Iraq have caused a flood of movement that continue to destabilize neighboring countries and pose a threat to regional stability and to countries around the world. More than 13 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian interventions, among this total 25 per cent are women and girls of reproductive age – 7.6 million displaced within Syria and 3.2 million Syrian refugees abroad. In Iraq, 2 million have been displaced this year by tribal fighting and the advance of the Islamic State.

 

 

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The Arab States Regional Midwifery Conference Statement is an outcome of the Second Regional Midwifery Conference in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia held from 1 through 2 April 2014. The conference was organized by Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNFPA Arab States Regional Office with participation of midwifery experts and representatives of the Ministries of Health from 17 Arab States. 

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Toward Enhancing The Faith-Based Organizations’ Role in Arab States in the Field of Sexual and Reproductive Health Beyond 2015 

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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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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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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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