Across Idlib in northwestern Syria, UNICEF estimates that one million children are at risk. Idlib has one of the highest numbers of internally displaced children in the country - any potential escalation of violence in the area will pose an even greater risk for these vulnerable children and their families.
While only limited humanitarian access is possible through aid convoys and a few partners on the ground, UNICEF is delivering lifesaving assistance to children and families in the area, and preparing for expected displacement of civilians by pre-positioning supplies for 400,000 people.
Since the beginning of May 2018 and as of the end of July, with thanks to the generous contribution from Canada, UNICEF supported 141,484 people in Idlib city and its suburbs with access to safe water through water treatment and the repair of water systems and pumping stations. UNICEF has also provided them with hygiene supplies, summer clothes and school bags for children, health services including vaccinations and screening and treatment of malnutrition in children and mothers, teacher training on the new national curriculum and support to children through the Curriculum b programme to help them catch up on missed learning.
UNICEF stands ready to support affected children, but we urge those fighting and those who have influence over them, to prioritise children over any other consideration.