Geneva ,19 February 2016-
- UNICEF brought much needed aid and assistance on Wednesday as part of UN joint convoys to five besieged communities in Syria. Of the 82,000 people reached by the UN and partners, approximately 37,000 were children. The aid reached the towns of Madaya, Foah and Kfreya, Moademiyeh, and Zabadani.
- UNICEF delivered nutritional and therapeutic items to treat and prevent malnutrition among at least 1,000 children. Items included high energy biscuits, therapeutic spread for treatment of severe malnutrition, and vitamin A. In addition, UNICEF delivered medications to treat anemia among children and pregnant women, and medications for diarrhea, worm and scabies infestation treatment, as well as kits for monitoring of nutrition status of children.
- “The delivery of aid to these five communities is an important step, continuing on our earlier deliveries, towards reaching all children and their families living in besieged and hard-to-reach areas throughout Syria,” said Hanaa Singer, the UNICEF Representative in Syria. “We need to build on this in the coming days so that we can get urgent assistance to four million people living in these areas, including over two million children. UNICEF is calling for unimpeded, unconditional and sustained access to continued humanitarian assistance.”
- In addition, this week the UNICEF Representative was in Aleppo, where over two million people continue to face critical drinking water shortages.
- The Khafsa water treatment facility, the main source of drinking water in the Governorate, was shut-down on 16 January, thus depriving over 2.2 million people of access to water in the eastern and western parts of rural Aleppo.
- In response, UNICEF has scaled up its water trucking operation in western Aleppo to provide eight million litres of water per day, enough to meet the drinking water needs of over 530,000 people.
- UNICEF continues to support the provision of fuel for operating the groundwater wells necessary for extracting the much-needed drinking water.
- In cooperation with ICRC, UNICEF is rehabilitating Ein Al Beida water pumping station.
- UNICEF has distributed hygiene kits for 44,000 people and provided nutrition supplies to about 450,000 people, health kits to over 220,000 people and children clothing kits and blankets for about 15,000 children.
- Separately, in De’ra (south of the country) UNICEF provided emergency health kits for 35,000 people to six local clinics. UNICEF and partners have sent education supplies for 8,800 children (4 ECD kits, 95 recreation kits and 220 school in a box) and distributed family hygiene kits for 45,000 people and baby kits for 3,000 children, and 3,500 testers for water quality. Water quality assurance and surveillance services are ongoing.