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Responded rapidly to a scabies and Leishmaniosis outbreak among IDPs in unfinished buildings in. Qamishly through the distribution of hygiene items.
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Working Towards a Better Future

UNHCR Syria End of Year Report 2016

Contents Foreword Humanitarian Snapshot UNHCR Presence in Syria Challenges and Constraints faced by UNHCR Whole of Syria Approach Visit of the High Commissioner for Refugees Protection Core Relief Items Shelter Health Livelihood Kits Field Offices Events and Campaigns Refugee Programme Capacity Building Aleppo: Evolution of a UNHCR Emergency Response Sector Approach Creativity Amongst Partners Results in Double the Benefit in Aleppo Partners Donors and Funding UNHCR Syria’s New Website Contacts

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From the UNHCR Representative As the crisis in Syria entered its seventh year in March 2017, humanitarian needs continue to grow unabated, with 13.5 million people in need of assistance and nearly five million refugees having fled across the borders. There are also 6.3 million internally displaced, with 4.9 million people living in hard-to-reach and besieged areas without regular access to humanitarian assistance. Behind the staggering numbers, these are families and communities that have been torn apart, innocent civilians that have been killed or injured, houses that have been destroyed, businesses and livelihoods that have been shattered, infrastructures that have collapsed, as well as basic social services that have been badly damaged in some areas. People are increasingly facing difficulties in meeting their most basic needs, as four out of five Syrians are living in poverty and an estimated 69 per cent of the population living in extreme poverty. In 2016, UNHCR implemented its strategy to extend its reach to provide protection to the most vulnerable people throughout Syria. As such, UNHCR supported the opening of 52 new Community Centers where partners and service providers now pool their resources to serve IDPs under one roof and provide harmonized packages of services. This brought the total number of operational community centres to 74 in eleven governorates, with each serving approximately 1,000 beneficiaries per month with a variety of protection, livelihoods support, life skills development and other services. I have visited many of these centers and proudly consider them important branches of our network enabling UNHCR to increase its outreach. We also recognize that for many different reasons we cannot always access every area or community and therefore UNHCR expanded its programme of outreach volunteers (ORVs) who are invaluable in assisting many vulnerable people who otherwise might be left without assistance. To ensure that UNHCR can work as close as possible with


UNHCR Syria End of Year Report 2017

the communities, in cooperation with its partners, UNHCR identified and trained 751 new volunteers, bringing the total to 1,773 across the country. In addition, in order to maximize its presence and its operational footprint across key governorates, UNHCR continues to strengthen its humanitarian assistance and its protection and community services through increased partnerships and integration of further activities in the response. In 2016, UNHCR Syria had partnership agreements with 17 national NGOs, five international NGOs, and UN agencies. UN also worked closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Local Administration, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Health. UNHCR as the protection and community services sector lead agency is coordinating the efforts of protection partners in the country to identify and mitigate protection risks, respond to the needs and enhance communities’ coping mechanisms and support a protective environment. As such, in 2016 UNHCR reached over two million individuals with protection and community services interventions, including capacity building of UNHCR’s partners and outreac