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- Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs city on 1st October killing 29 children and injuring 37 more.
- Preliminary results of the 2014 Nutrition Assessment in Syria are available, showing a Global Acute Malnutrition rate of 7.2 per cent, and a Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) rate of 2.3 per cent. The Governorates of Hassakeh, Hama and Tartous had the highest SAM rates.
- The 2014/15 school year has begun across the region and to date education sector partners report enrollment of over 19,000 children in refugee camps in Jordan and over 14,000 children in refugee camps in Iraq. Back to Learning campaigns continue across the region, including the delivery of over 440,000 school bags with learning materials to students in Syria. Nevertheless data from the 2013/14 school year reveals that significant investment needs to be made to avoid a Lost Generation of children who do not have access to education, with nearly 70,000 children not in any type of education in Jordan, and over 60% of children not in school outside camps in Iraq. (UNICEF Turkey video)
- In Lebanon the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) launched the National Plan to Safeguard Women and Children on 1 October, following UNICEF support. The plan defines the MOSA child protection and gender based violence (GBV) response plan in Lebanon, aiming to reach over 198,000 children through psychosocial support and primary health care services and more than 410,000 individuals with information, orientation, counselling and awareness-raising over 18-months.
- The winter season is about to start, and early rains have begun. In Syria, winter material assistance, including plastic sheets and children’s winter clothing kits have reached almost 8,000 children and women to date. However, UNICEF Syria urgently requires US$ 10 million to provide winter clothes to 400,000 children.