Syria Humanitarian Emergency

A UNFPA midwife holds a baby.

The political landscape in Syria remains volatile with rapidly shifting lines of control necessitating a flexible and rapid humanitarian response. The number of Syrian refugees living in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey remains relatively unchanged at approximately 5.6 million. Increasingly complex and interlinked humanitarian needs continue to exist across Syria, resulting from numerous factors such as direct exposure to hostilities, multiple cycles of displacement, targeted and arbitrary detention, lack or loss of civil documentation as well as constraints on freedom of movement. Challenges to delivery of sexual and reproductive health services (SRH), including lifesaving emergency obstetric care and contraception, remain, emanating from an overstretched and dilapidated health system. Health facilities and frontline health providers continue to face threats of attack. Additionally, the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) remains acute and disproportionally affects women and girls, both inside and outside their homes. UNFPA is responding both in government-controlled areas via operations from Damascus and in non-government controlled areas in Northwest and Northeast Syria via cross-border operations. UNFPA's response includes support for delivery of SRH and GBV services via a network of partner-administered facilities, provision of essential supplies and sustained capacity strengthening initiatives on the ground.

Country Population: 18.5 mil

Humanitarian needs

13.40 million
3.35 million
3.83 million
Last updated on - 14 July 2020

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2019

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of SRH services
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    Total people reached with Adolescent SRH
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    Affected population reached with Family Planning services
  • Services delivered
    Number of mobile clinics
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    Number of safe spaces
    Health facilities that incorporate one-stop centers for GBV survivors, supported by UNFPA
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    Has established a functional system for safe and ethical gender-based incident data management

Emergencies related listing

Dashboards available for Syrian Arab Republic
  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.