- In Syria, the thirteenth national polio immunization campaign was carried out by the Ministry of Health with
support from UNICEF and WHO from 22 to 26 March 2015 reaching 2,426,244 children under the age of five nationwide.
- In Jordan, since January this year, UNICEF and Save the Children’s “Stay-in-School” awareness sessions reached 45,000 people nationwide with messages promoting student retention in schools. To support resilience and sustainability of humanitarian interventions in camps, UNICEF continues infrastructure work in Za’atari and Azraq. The Za’atari Wastewater Treatment Plant, inaugurated on 3 March with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, will reduce the cost and environmental impact of tankering waste to a distant municipal plant, and serve the entire camp population (now 83,00 people) for years to come.
- In Lebanon, UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), aimed to reach 188,000 under 5 children through a supplementary polio immunisation campaign from 23 to 29 March (results pending). UNICEF provided 250,000 vaccine doses, to the (MOPH) and provided messages on the importance of immunising children against polio to caregivers and other community members through partner NGOs, volunteers, and scouts.
- In response to the increased economic vulnerability of refugees in Jordan and the rising use of negative coping mechanisms, UNICEF launched a humanitarian child cash grant programme which reached 54,269 of the most vulnerable Syrian girls and boys (from 14,896 families) in March, including 18,501 girls and boys from female headed households living below the absolute poverty line.