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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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UNFPA COVID-19 Humaniratrian Response flash update #2/09-22nd April 2020

Situation Report

As of 21st April 2020, Syria reported a total of 42 COVID-19 confirmed cases: 33 active, 6 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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Regional Situation Report for the Syria Crisis — February 2020

Situation Report

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.

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Syria Country Office - COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Flash Update #1 /March 6th – April 8th 2020

Situation Report

As of 08 April 2020, Syria reported a total of 19 COVID -19 cases, with 2 recoveries and 2 registered deaths. Since  the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Syria on March 23rd, the Government of Syria has introduced precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus. These measures include: movement restrictions between  governorates, 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. 

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Modern Contraceptives and Other Medical Supply Needs, Including for COVID-19 Prevention, Protection and Response.

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Provision of modern short- and long-acting contraceptives, information, counselling and services (including emergency contraception) is lifesaving and should be available and accessible during  the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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Adolescents and Young People & Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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In the context of COVID 19, with the disruption of schools, routine health services and community-level centers, new ways of providing information and support to  adolescents and young people for sexual and reproductive health and rights need to be established. 

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Gender Equality and Addressing Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Prevention, Protection and Response.

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 The pandemic will compound existing gender inequalities, and increase risks of gender-based violence. The protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls should be prioritized.

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