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DAMASCUS/BRUSSELS — 10 April 2016 – UNICEF welcomes the European Commission’s latest commitment to further scale up its support for its life-saving humanitarian response for children inside Syria. The Commission has added € 4 million in humanitarian funding to its existing 2015 commitment of €11.5 million to UNICEF. As the crisis in Syria enters its sixth year, 13.5 million people, including six million children, need emergency humanitarian assistance.

This renewed partnership will expand activities in the areas of health, nutrition, non-food items, water and sanitation services for the most vulnerable children and their families, taking what is called a “whole of Syria” approach.

“The European Commission’s new contribution is critical in enabling UNICEF to scale up its life-saving support for children and women in hard-to-reach and besieged areas,” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “These children and women are among the most vulnerable people in Syria and are exposed to many risks, as they are cut off from essential nutrition, clean water and health services.”

With the new financial contribution, UNICEF will provide micronutrients and nutrition services to 120,000 children under five years and over 16,000 pregnant and lactating women. The contribution will also enable UNICEF to provide 375,000 people with water services and critical hygiene supplies, and supports provision of clothing to 15,000 children in Aleppo, Homs and Rural Damascus.

“The impact of the lack of protection is most striking on health and on children. We need to adjust humanitarian aid to the fast-changing reality on the ground and access progress. Our first line emergency response mechanism aims at this. Through flexible funding in connection with regular programming our partners are able to scale up and provide quality humanitarian aid to people in need, through cross-line and cross-border operations,” said Youcef Hammache, head of European Commission’s humanitarian aid office for Syria.




UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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About the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid

The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: humanitarian aid and civil protection.

The Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year.

With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, ECHO provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs.

For more information, please visit ECHO’s website.

For more information, please contact:

Juliette Touma, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Office,, +962 79 867 4628

Kieran Dwyer, UNICEF Syria, +963 (0) 992 89 28 47

Youcef Hammache, Head of European Commission’ Syria Office for humanitarian aid, +963 94 888 8641



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