Syria Humanitarian Situation Report No.5 (Earthquake), 14 March 2023

Humanitarian Action for Children

On 1 March 2023 in A'zaz, north-west Syria, UNICEF Family Hygiene Kits are distributed to families at a camp for families displaced by the earthquakes.


  • Since the first earthquake of 6 February, 97,400 households have been displaced. The number of collective shelters and their residents continues to fluctuate.
  • Suspected cholera cases continue to increase, particularly in northwest (NW) Syria. Meanwhile, early this week 34 measles cases were confirmed in Aleppo.
  • Together with WHO, UNICEF and partners are rolling out an oral cholera vaccine campaign (OCV), which commenced on 7 March. As of 13 March, 1.2 million individuals were reached, with the aim to reach 1.7 million individuals in NW Syria by 17 March.
  • UNICEF is also supporting the Aleppo Department of Health’s multiantigen National Immunization Days (NIDs), which will help in containing the measles outbreak. In NW Syria, a measles rubella[1]oral polio vaccine (MR-OPV) campaign is planned in the coming days, targeting 733,000 children aged 6-59 months with MR vaccine and 815,000 children 0-59 months with OPV.
  • As of 14 March, 62,284 highly vulnerable people (12,287 families) in affected areas of Aleppo and Hama received emergency cash assistance to support them meet their basic needs. Results from the first rapid post-distribution conducted among beneficiaries in Aleppo governorate indicate that over 40 per cent of the cash was used by families for house repairs and rent.
  • All key sectors remain significantly underfunded, particularly emergency cash transfers, health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – resource constraints are hindering further scale up of the response.
Syria Humanitarian Situation Report No.5 (Earthquake), 14 March 2023

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