Crisis in Syria

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Too many refugees lack access to adequate health care. Isra'a lost her newborn son when she could not pay for neonatal care. © UNFPA/David Brunette
25 June 2015 Shortage in funding threatens care for pregnant Syrian refugees
More than four years after conflict erupted in Syria, the chaos has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Yet shortfalls in funding threaten to deprive refugees of critical assistance.
Huda (right) sits at a UNFPA-supported safe space in Alexandria, Egypt. She fled the violence in Syria three years ago and struggled to support herself. Now, she is working on behalf of other women refugees. Photo courtesy of Huda.
17 June 2015 In Egypt, brave Syrian refugee promotes opportunities for women
CAIRO, Egypt – “Shake me from my sleep, whisper in my ear, tell me it was just a bad dream,” said Huda,* 22, explaining how it felt to become a refugee three years ago.

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Overview

Syria is experiencing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world today. As of March 2015, more than half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, with 7.6 million people displaced within Syria and 3.9 million people living as refugees in neighbouring countries. As with all humanitarian emergencies, women and girls are among the most vulnerable. Nearly half a million Syrian women, including refugees and those still in Syria, are pregnant and in need of maternal care.

UNFPA, with its partners, is deploying dignity kits, reproductive health kits and equipment, and medical personnel to assist affected communities. UNFPA is also supporting emergency obstetric care and psychosocial support.

For the most up-to-date information, please see Situation Reports.

Situation reports and resources

Breaking the Silence
This pictorial book documents the impact of the years of violence on Syrian women, girls, men and boys.
Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #33 - 1-31 May
No one in Syria has escaped the impact of four years of civil war. The country has almost lost four decades of human development. Today, four out of five Syrians live in poverty, misery, and deprivation. People live in...

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