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 AMMAN, 31 October 2016- As the Syria crisis enters its sixth year, UNICEF continues to be on the ground to meet urgent needs of the most vulnerable boys and girls, with the invaluable support from donors.

The State of Kuwait has been one of UNICEF’s largest donors to help children impacted by the Syria crisis. With its recent contribution of 4 million US$, the support received from Kuwait since 2013 has now reached 139 million US$.

“The funding from the State of Kuwait has been critical to the response of the Syria Crisis enabling  UNICEF to significantly scale-up the delivery of lifesaving assistance in water, sanitation and hygiene, education, health and nutrition inside Syria and in neighbouring refugees host countries” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

With Kuwait’s support, UNICEF and partners were able to reach 14 million people in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. Between 2014 and 2016, UNICEF was able to rehabilitate water supply systems, provide water treatment disinfectants and water purification tablets. Nearly 3 million children were provided with vaccinations against polio and emergency health services inside Syria.  Through the “No Lost Generation Initiative”, more than 1 million Syrian children had access education and psycho-social support.

“The role of the State of Kuwait in galvanizing international support to the Syria crisis has been and continues to be commendable” added Cappelaere.

UNICEF continues to count on the State of Kuwait as a major global donor of humanitarian and development assistance to respond to the most urgent needs of the most vulnerable children around the world.

 

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For more information:

Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office, + 962-79-867-4628 , jtouma@unicef.org

 

 

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