News and Updates on UNICEF response to the explosions that took place in Beirut
100 days after the Beirut explosions
On 4 August, two explosions hit Beirut city, sending shockwaves throughout the city causing multiple casualties and widespread damage. Up to 300,000 people were affected including 100,000 children.
“UNICEF’s response over the past 100 days has been lifesaving, swift and essential; yet we cannot rest, and our work continues."
Rising from Destruction
100 days of UNICEF’s response to the Beirut explosions and the road ahead for children and families.
UNICEF continues to work around the clock with 70 partners on the ground. We provide humanitarian assistance, including health and nutrition supplies, psychosocial support to children, emergency cash assistance for the most vulnerable and access to water, sanitation and hygiene. We support the reconstruction of damaged schools and health facilities, e-learning plans, and income generation opportunities for young people who support affected families
UNICEF representative in Lebanon
Three days after the Beirut Explosions
Child Protection Response
- Over 33,000 people coping with the psychological impact of the explosions have received support through a range of interventions.
- More than 7,200 children, parents and primary caregivers have been reached with mental health and psychosocial support services through child-friendly spaces established in affected areas and peer to peer sessions.
- 1,571 girls and women have been provided with psycho-social first aid, psycho-social support and information on gender-based violence risks.
- 7,500 girls and women received sanitary pads or mini hygiene kits, which included COVID-19 prevention items and information on sexual and gender-based violence referral pathway.
Health and Nutrition Response
- 1.7 million doses of vaccines were saved from the Central Supply Warehouse in Karantina. Part of them are being used currently in the national measles campaign.
- Over 22,000 children under 5 were provided with essential nutrition supplements including Vitamin A, high energy biscuits and emergency food rations.
- Rehabilitation work of 3 Primary Health Care Centers has been initiated and health staff recruited.
- 10,026 counselling sessions on prenatal, breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding practices were conducted.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program (WASH) Response
- Assessment of 13,000 buildings was completed.
- Water supply connection was re-established in 1,060 buildings, reaching 20,765 people in 4,080 households.
- 4,882 water tanks were installed, including 111 in three heavily affected hospitals in Karantina, Wardiya and Geitaoui.
- 6,455 hygiene kits, 843 baby kits and 1,858 infection prevention control kits have been distributed.
- Rehabilitation of 4 public and 3 private schools supported by UNICEF.
- Furniture and equipment for 90 public schools is being provided.
- Assessment of 20 Technical and Vocational Training schools and General Directorate buildings completed.
Social Policy Response
- Up to 80,000 vulnerable children and individuals will receive emergency cash transfers over the coming month, registration is closing.
- 18,692 people received hot meals prepared and distributed by 398 youth as part of the UNICEF cash for work programme.
- 1,800 youths were engaged in a community-based response focusing on cleaning, minor rehabilitation of households, and preparation and distribution of meals for vulnerable families.
- 182 youths were provided with material and equipment to support minor rehabilitation for 557 damaged households.
Message of Hope
Rising from Destruction: UNICEF’s Response to Beirut Explosions
“Rebuilding Beirut and lifting its spirit is a long-term commitment. I invite supporters worldwide to stand together with every child in Lebanon.”