30 April 2015
30 April 2015 Issue No. 24
UNRWA continued humanitarian operations in Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham today, including provision of essential health services, dental services, bread, fresh food, nutritional supplements, hygiene supplies and clean water to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.
• UNRWA continued humanitarian response operations today, providing fresh food to a central community kitchen (sufficient for 600 individuals for one week), 10,000 litres of drinking water and hygiene supplies to displaced civilians and host communities. The mission also began distribution of Plumpy Doz nutritional supplements to families with children under five years old, generously contributed by the World Food Programme (WFP).
• UNRWA medical personnel established a mobile health point, treating 280 patients over the course of the day. Two cases of hepatitis A were detected and treated. 38 children were administered with vaccines.
• UNRWA also established a mobile dental unit today, the first such service in the area for several years. The UNRWA dentist treated 36 patients, including surgical procedures.
• Those receiving assistance are comprised of Palestinian and Syrian families displaced or affected by conflict, plus host communities. UNRWA missions deliver a broad range of critical humanitarian materials to each of these families, including food, medical supplies, water purification treatments, mattresses, blankets, family kitchen sets and hygiene kits.
• UNRWA continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the civilians from Yarmouk who remain displaced in Tadamoun, an area on the north-eastern periphery. The Agency is also providing daily hot lunches for all civilians, complemented by regular distribution of canned food.
• These ongoing operations represent a sustained demonstration of UNRWA’s commitment to providing essential assistance to all civilians affected by the crisis in Yarmouk. UNRWA’s priority remains the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians within Yarmouk itself and reiterates its strong demand for respect and compliance with obligations to protect civilians and to establish of secure conditions under which the Agency can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance.
• The vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk remains of the highest severity. UNRWA is deeply concerned that without access, the most basic humanitarian needs of up to 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including 3,500 children, continue to be left unmet.
• UNRWA mobilized its emergency response team on April 1st to develop a range of response scenarios, including large displacements to areas where UNRWA does not currently have access.
• UNRWA works closely with partners and UN Agencies to mobilize resources for a large-scale humanitarian response to support the civilians of Yarmouk.
• UNRWA has prepositioned stocks of food, mattresses, blankets, and hygiene kits to respond in the case of further displacement from Yarmouk.
CALL FOR SUPPORT
• As violence continues to profoundly threaten the lives and safety of Palestine refugees throughout Syria, UNRWA appeals for donors to increase their support to the Agency’s urgent Call for Funds, seeking an immediate injection of $30 million. The UNRWA Syria Crisis Appeal has received only 16% of the funds needed for 2015.
• The capacity of the Agency to sustain life-saving emergency interventions, whilst responding immediately to urgent developments such as the one impacting Yarmouk since April 1st, is undermined by chronic underfunding for humanitarian interventions inside Syria.
• More than 95% of Palestine refugees now rely on UNRWA to meet their daily needs of food, water and healthcare.
• Priority interventions include cash assistance which enables UNRWA to access up to 470,000 Palestine refugees in need, including up to 39,500 currently living in hard to reach areas. This intervention will run out of funding after the distribution of second round of cash assistance in June.
• Additional funding is also required for critical non-food items including blankets, mattresses and hygiene kits for displaced Palestine refugee families throughout Syria.