21 February 2023

Earthquake response: Humanitarian situation report 6-16 February 2023

UNICEF’s earthquake immediate response plan aims at reaching 5.4 million people, including 2.6 million children, from February to May 2023. As cluster lead for WASH, Nutrition and Education and as responsible for the areas of Child Protection, UNICEF is coordinating with partners in the affected areas to assess damages and the impacts of the earthquake and plan the necessary response. UNICEF partners on the ground have provided around 200,000 people with life-saving WASH supplies and services, including 96,654 affected people residing in 74 reception centres in Northwest (NW) Syria.  Twenty-one UNICEF-supported Mobile Health and Nutrition Teams (MHNTs) were immediately redeployed to provide health and nutrition services and supplies to over 31,500 affected people. Additional 136 interagency emergency health kits have been shipped and will arrive in NW Syria within days to support 940,000 earthquake affected people for three months. UNICEF is currently also setting up temporary learning spaces in the form of prefabricated classrooms and tents in areas where schools were severely damaged or rendered unusable. UNICEF, as a sector lead, together with partners, has started rapid safety and infrastructure damage assessments of educational facilities and has prepositioned education supplies for 50,000 children. UNICEF-supported Child Protection mobile teams in Aleppo, Hama and Latakia were redeployed to support displaced families with psychological first aid and other mental health and psychosocial support, reaching approximately 18,265 children, parents and caregivers.