3 June 2016
- On 1 June UNICEF participated in the first UN interagency humanitarian mission to Daraya city, Rural Damascus. This was the first in four years of siege on the city. UNICEF delivered vaccines and medical supplies for a total of 4,000 people, and conducted rapid nutrition assessments for children.
- During the month of May, UNICEF participated in seven humanitarian missions to besieged and hard-to-reach communities – and delivered medicines and health supplies, vaccines, nutrition supplies, clothes, education and children’s recreational materials for 52,700 beneficiaries including 40,410 children.
- These convoys have brought some important relief to communities. However, in May access to children and communities living under siege has been far too limited. UNICEF and our partners have shown that when we can get access, we deliver life-saving assistance: in Madaya after repeated access there has been an improvement in the nutritional situation of children in Madaya. We again appeal to all parties to the conflict to grant unconditional and unimpeded access to all people in need. Above all, this access needs to be continuous to UNICEF and our partners to provide ongoing support and assistance to people in need.
- Throughout May, UNICEF with WHO and national partners implemented the first nationwide routine immunization campaign for children since the beginning of the crisis over six years ago. Routine immunization in Syria has dropped from a 90 per cent pre-crisis level to less than 60 or even 40 per cent in some of the besieged and hard-to-reach areas. In this first phase of the campaign, 340,000 children were reached in areas designated as besieged or hard-to-reach.
- The campaign is continuing in areas being reached by cross-border support, and UNICEF and WHO are appealing to parties to the conflict to grant unhindered access to children living in areas under siege and hard-to-reach areas, guarantee the safe passage of vaccines, needles and syringes, and protect health workers, medical vehicles and cold chain equipment.
- UNICEF continues to support access to clean drinking water for over 10 million Syrians. In May, UNICEF with support from SARC was able to transport 100 tons of the critical water supply disinfectant to rural Deir Ezour which is benefiting approximately 700,000 people.
- In Aleppo water is again used as a weapon of war, where the water supply has been deliberately cut on 27 May by preventing fuel supplies to run the Sulaiman Al-Halabi and Bab Alnerab pumping stations, depriving over 2 million people of the basic right to drinking water. UNICEF with partners is addressing the needs of the affected people by through the installation and operation of 100 groundwater wells, 28 new water treatment units to provide safe drinking water from the Queick River, and emergency water trucking with our partner SARC for 400,000 people per day (1.7 million litres per day) – to reach a total of two million people in both the eastern and western parts of Aleppo.