Spring 2013 — Since the beginning of conflict in Syria nearly two years ago, over a million people, mostly women and children, have been registered as refugees in neighbouring countries. Between December 2012 and January 2013, more than 255,000 Syrians fled the country.
With 4 million people inside Syria who are in need of assistance, including more than 2 million internally displaced people, some 200,000 women will likely be pregnant this year. UNFPA, through its implementing partners, continues to provide clean delivery kits and reproductive health services, including emergency obstetric care and psychosocial support within Syria.
In neighbouring countries, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, UNFPA has distributed dignity kits, trained medical personnel, and equipped clinics and hospitals with equipment and reproductive health kits. The Fund continues to emphasize the specific needs of women and girls that must be factored into humanitarian response to the region.
08 May 2013
NIZIP, Turkey —
More has to be done to ensure the health and wellbeing of women and children affected by the Syrian conflict, said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UNFPA, on a recent visit to Turkey's Nizip refugee camp, about 40km east of the southern city of Gaziantep. One of Turkey's newest camps, Nizip houses some 10,000 refugees, or "guests" as the government prefers to call them, in white canvas tents and containers arrayed in neat numbered rows along the rocky, sun-bleached banks of the Euphrates.
07 May 2013
ZA'ATARI, Jordan —
In a tent hospital bed, a Syrian woman who was four months pregnant when she fled her country's civil war cradles one of the newest residents of this dust-swept refugee camp: Her newborn son, just delivered by Caesarean. Around a dozen babies are born every day in Za'atari camp, which is home to 120,000 Syrians and counting – and there's only one, overworked Moroccan doctor performing C-sections.
22 April 2013
Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp houses more than 100,000 Syrians who have fled the civil war; 3,000 of those registered are pregnant women. Against the odds, women are adapting to the cycle of life.
19 April 2013
ZA'ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan —
A city that’s not a city, Jordan’s Zaatari camp sits just across the border and houses more than 100,000 Syrians. Located in desert terrain, the ground is so white and dusty it almost looks as though it is snowing.
18 April 2013
UNFPA accepted today a donation of $5 million from the Government of Kuwait to respond to the urgent needs of displaced people in Syria and of refugees in neighboring countries. These indispensable funds will allow UNFPA to continue saving women's lives, help them deliver babies safely, and protect them from gender-based violence.
15 April 2013
—The international community should urgently increase its support to refugees and displaced persons fleeing the Syrian crisis, said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, said following visits to Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan.
09 April 2013
UNITED NATIONS, Istanbul/Amman/New York
— Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, will be visiting refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan to underscore the urgent needs of women and youth affected by the crisis in Syria.
21 January 2013
As the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey steadily increases, another batch of 20,000 hygiene kits provided by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are being distributed to new arrivals in the 14 camps set up by the Turkish authorities. The kits include sanitary napkins, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other items helping refugees to maintain daily hygiene routines under the harsh conditions of camp life.
17 December 2012
ZA'ATARI CAMP, Mafraq, Jordan—
Samira was seven months pregnant when she and her family fled their home "in Syria seeking refuge in the neighbouring country of Jordan. The 28-year old mother was not expecting to deliver her fifth baby in a refugee camp outside her home and her country, "I was expecting the conflict in Syria come to an end before giving birth to my baby."
15 December 2012
The UNFPA Office in Turkey has announced that they will deliver 20,000 additional hygiene kits for displaced Syrian families before the end of 2012. Hygiene kits include sanitary napkins, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste among other items. "Turkish government has done remarkable work in responding to the needs of the refugees," says UNFPA Representative in Turkey Dr. Zahidul Huque, "but the camps are reaching their full capacity and services are becoming overstretched."