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Syria: Palestine Refugees - Humanitarian Snapshot March 2015
Yarmouk: On 5 March 2015, the Agency was able to resume food distribution for the first time since 6 December 2014, from a new entry point established to the east of Yarmouk. Throughout March, the UNRWA was able to access Yarmouk on 14 days, distributing a total of 4,463 family food parcels and conducting 1,191 health consultations at its temporary health point.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl visited Yarmouk on 10 March to meet with some of the 18,000 Palestine refugees trapped in the area. In response to widespread deprivation and malnutrition among residents of Yarmouk, UNRWA calls for safe and continuous access to the area and other areas that remain hard to reach.
The ﬁrst distribution round of cash assistance in 2015 started on 18 January. By March 2015, the Agency provided 57,626 persons (14,406 families) with two months of cash assistance through 31 distribution points. Cash assistance is one of the most efﬁcient forms of cash assistance, enabling refugee families to cover their basic needs such as food and rent.
In March, UNRWA distributed 28,273 food parcels to families via 15 distribution centers and collective centres in the Damascus area, Dera’a, Sweida, Neirab, Homs, Latakia and Aleppo. The Agency’s emergency food programme targets 460,000 Palestine refugees in Syria
UNRWA provides health services to up to 480,000 Palestine refugees throughout Syria. In January and February this year, UNRWA health staff conducted 181,416 patient consultations in 14 health centers and 11 health points. The provision of primary health care services remains essential to combat the results of conflict, displacement and exhaustion of Palestine refugees.
UNRWA upgraded eight teaching points to support children residing in collective centres. The teaching points will focus on providing supervised learning support using self-learning materials covering Mathematics, English, Arabic, French and Science. The Agency continues to provide primary education to over 45,000 Palestine refugee students in Syria in 48 UNRWA schools and 47 school buildings provided by the Ministry of Education.
NON FOOD ITEM ASSISTANCE:
UNRWA distributed 1,114 blankets and 66 mattresses to collective centers Rif Damascus and the Syria Field Ofﬁce.
ASSISTANCE TO COLLECTIVE CENTRES:
UNRWA is housing 10,570 Palestine refugees and internally-displaced Syrians (2,657 families) in 30 UNRWA and non-UNRWA managed temporary collective centers in Damascus and surrounding areas. In Aleppo, Latakia and Homs, UNRWA supports 1,649 Palestine refugees and internally displaced Syrians (381 families). UNRWA shelters and UNRWA managed temporary shelters are home to 145 newborn infants, 197 persons with disabilities and one unaccompanied child. Refugees in shelters are provided with food assistance and non-food items, as well as regular health and social services. In addition, the Agency conducts regular maintenance of its WASH facilities.
WATER SANITATION & HYGIENE
UNRWA distributed 3,463 hygiene kits to refugees in collective centers. Each hygiene kit contains soap, shampoo, disinfectant, washing detergent and other sanitary items to last a family of four for one month. The Agency was unable to distribute hygiene kits to refugees in Yarmouk in March. UNRWA conducts regular maintenance, garbage collection, plumbing and sanitation works in all accessible facilities, camps and gatherings. UNRWA distributed 31,656 adult and baby diaperpacks to all displaced refugee families, in addition to 397 baby kits.