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Ageing and COVID-19 in the Arab region: Leaving no one behind

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Older persons are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and therefore more likely to re - quire hospitalization when infected. Ageing is commonly associated with morbidities such as hypertension and diabetes, mak - ing older people more susceptible to hos - pitalization and death. 1 In resource-poor settings, limited health care facilities and the lack of ventilators and oxygen supply can significantly add to death rates among older persons with COVID-19.

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Donor Update on COVID-19 - June 2020

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As of 26 May 2020, Syria had reported a total of 121 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported on 23 March 2020, the Government of Syria introduced several measures that remain in place to minimise the risks of COVID-19 transmission, including movement restrictions between governorates and a daily national curfew between 19:30 and 06:00. Other restrictions that had been in place, such as the closing of public institutions and local businesses, have eased in the last few weeks, under the condition that social distancing and health safety measures are respected. These measures immediately impacted UNFPA’s capacity to deliver and monitor current activities, though remote surge deployments and new modalities of service provision have ensured that critical services have continued to be delivered.

 

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Syria Country Office - COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Flash Update #4 /01 - 31st May, 2020

Situation Report

As of 09 June, 2020, the Syrian Ministry of Health (MoH) has reported 144 COVID-19 cases across Syria: 76 active, 62 recoveries and 6 registered deaths. The first positive case was announced on 22 March 2020, with the first fatality reported on 29 March 2020.                

The movement restrictions which were previously introduced by the Syrian government as part the national COVID-19 response; including, the country-wide curfew were lifted on May 26, 2020.  However, the Syrian government is still taking active steps towards ensuring that precautionary measures are followed in public service facilities and universities. 

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Impact of Public Health Emergencies on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in the Arab Region

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In the last decade the world has experienced many public health emergencies, similar to the current novel COVID19 pandemic (e.g. Ebola, MERS, Cholera, Polio and Zika epidemics). Demand on health care services continued during health emergencies including general health care such as Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), mental health services, immunization programs, as well as SRH services such as family planning (FP) and maternal health (MH)1,2. Although often overlooked, SRH is essential for sustainable development and women’s empowerment3. SRH is a basic human right, which has been captured in many international agreements such as the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPDPoA), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially goal 3 on health and goal 5 on gender equality, as well as the commitments made during the World Humanitarian Summit (2016), to name a few. While these international conventions and treaties have been ratified by almost all countries and have called for giving more importance to reproductive health during crises, SRH is still not well prioritized at the level of other needs such as food, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), or shelter.

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Implications of COVID-19 Older Persons : Responding to the Pandemic

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This technical brief was developed by the UNFPA Global Ageing Network to complement the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (UN DESA) Issue Brief: Older Persons and COVID-19, which emphasized the humanitarian imperative of addressing older persons' specific needs within preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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UNFPA COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Flash Update #3 - 23rd April - 07th May, 2020

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As of 8th of May 2020, Syria reported a total of 47 COVID -19 confirmed cases: 15 active,  29 recovered and 3 registered deaths1 . Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Syria on March 23rd, the Government of Syria has introduced measures amid fears of a spike of the novel coronavirus. Movement restrictions between governorates, as well as a countrywide curfew from 19:30 until 06:00 are still in place in effort to minimize the risks of COVID-19 infections.  

 

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Regional Situation Report for the Syria Crisis - March 2020

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UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND REGIONAL SYRIA RESPONSE HUB

The Regional Situation Report for the Syria Crisis offers a bird’s eye view of UNFPA’s operations within the context of the Syria Crisis. The report is prepared by the UNFPA Regional Syria Response Hub in Amman, Jordan, and spans operations conducted by UNFPA offices in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt, in addition to operations conducted inside Syria and managed from cross-border Turkey.

In addition to providing aggregated quantitative results for each country, the report also brings stories from the field that highlight the plight of communities inside Syria and in host countries, in addition to underscoring the positive impact of the response services provided by UNFPA in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, youth, and others. As of February 2020, the report also covers UNFPA’s efforts to ensure continuity of operations throughout the Syria crisis region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UNPFA Syria Response 2019

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As Syria enters its 09th year of conflict, it struggles with a dire humanitarian situation. Recent reports and estimations indicated that around 11.1 million people are in need (as of end of Jan 2020), around 6.1 million are IDPs (as of July 2019 according to the population task force), around 1.4 million people are IDPs returnees during 2018, and the population task force estimated around 260,000 people IDPs & Refugees-returnees during January-July 2019.

Those particularly at risk are pregnant and lactating women, widows, children, people with disabilities, the elderly and other groups or people living with disabilities or diminished coping mechanisms. Multiple displacements and lack of access to basic Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and other health services further exacerbate the needs of individuals and communities, in addition to significantly increasing the risks of gender-based violence (GBV) which also includes desperate measures that further increase the likelihood of protection threats, such as sexual exploitation, forced and early marriage.

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UNFPA Global Technical Brief - Implications of COVID - 19 for Older Persons : Responding to the Pandemic

Technical Reports and Document

This technical brief was developed by the UNFPA Global Ageing Network to complement the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (UN DESA) Issue Brief: Older Persons and COVID-19, which emphasized the humanitarian imperative of addressing older persons' specific needs within preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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UNFPA COVID-19 GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE RESPONSE

Situation Report

As of 26th April 2020, Syria reported a total of 43 COVID-19 confirmed cases: 26 active, 14 recovered and 3 registered deaths. Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Syria on March 23rd, the Government of Syria has introduced measures amid fears of a spike of the novel coronavirus. These measures include movement restrictions between governorates, between city centers and rural areas, as well as a countrywide curfew in effort to ensure social distancing and self-isolation to minimize the risks of infections. Part of these efforts also include a ban on public gatherings and activities that involve large numbers of people. In Syria, people affected by humanitarian crises, particularly those displaced and/or living in camps and camp-like settings, are faced with challenges accessing health services that were otherwise available before the COVID-19 outbreak. Several measures have been taken at international and national levels to contain the spread of the virus, which has disrupted people's normal lives including humanitarian response, in addition to the already existing dire humanitarian needs before the pandemic. 

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