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Supplies and Logistics

Syria crisis

© UNICEF/2012/Khaled Al-Masri
Shipment of blankets from UNICEF’s Dubai humanitarian hub to Syria

The winter months (from mid-October through March) in Syria and the region see a steep drop in temperatures. In many areas, the temperatures fall below zero and are accompanied by wind, rain, and occasional snowfall.

Winter is a particularly difficult and dangerous time for infants and children. It is estimated that 5.5 million vulnerable children will face the harsh winter – 4.3 million inside Syria and 1.2 million Syrian children living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

UNICEF is distributing thousands of thermal blankets, winter clothing sets, plastic sheeting and tarpaulins to help protect children and their families from the elements.

In October 2013, the first polio case in 14 years was confirmed in Syria. Since then, 17 cases have been confirmed. In an effort to halt the spread of polio in Syria and the region, the largest-ever immunization response in the Middle East is under way, aiming to vaccinate more than 23 million children against polio in Syria and neighbouring countries.

In addition, a national vaccination campaign against measles, supported by WHO, UNICEF and UNHCR, reached more than 1.1 million children with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine across Syria.

*Data Sources: OCHA, Humanitarian Bulletin 38




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