UNICEF reached 18,000 families in Al-Hol camp helping them keep safe from COVID-19

With thanks to generous contributions from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Canada, UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein Committee and the Spanish Committee for UNICEF

UNICEF
03 October 2021

In Al-Hol camp, northeast Syria, some 58,000 displaced people, most of them children and women, live under difficult circumstances, including the less than optimal hygiene and sanitation conditions of the camp. The spread of COVID-19 in Syria has further compounded their hardship.

This year, with thanks to generous contributions from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)v, Canada, UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein Committee and the Spanish Committee for UNICEF, UNICEF has reached 18,000 families in Al-Hol through the distribution of hygiene kits, helping them keep safe from COVID-19 and maintain a hygienic setting. Each kit contains soap, washing powder, washing liquid, shampoos for adults and for kids as well as garbage bags.

child in a camp carrying a UNICEF boxes
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Delil Souleiman
Displaced children in Al-Hol camp, northeast Syria, carry their UNICEF-distributed hygiene kits back to their family tents.
children in a camp carrying UNICEF boxes
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Delil Souleiman
Displaced children in Al-Hol camp, northeast Syria, carry their UNICEF-distributed hygiene kits back to their family tents.
children in a camp setting next to UNICEF boxes
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Delil Souleiman
Children and caregivers appear in Al-Hol displacement camp, northeast Syria. The remote desert camp is currently home to some 58,000 people living under difficult circumstances and most of them are children and women.
a girl standing amid camp
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Delil Souleiman
Two displaced children sit next to hygiene kits that UNICEF distributed to their families in Al-Hol camp, northeast Syria.
a camp
UNICEF/Syria/2021/Delil Souleiman
Children and caregivers appear in Al-Hol displacement camp, northeast Syria. The remote desert camp is currently home to some 58,000 people living under difficult circumstances and most of them are children and women.

Also, as part of the measures against the pandemic, UNICEF has completed the construction of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities needed for the camp’s COVID-19 isolation centre, including the construction of gender-separated latrines and showers with water storage tanks and special units for persons with disabilities. UNICEF has also provided soap dispensers and solid waste containers to the COVID-19 treatment facility in Al-Hol in addition to desludging septic tanks of the facility. To ensure the safety of all camp residents, UNICEF has managed the disinfection of vehicles entering and exiting the camp as well as communal latrines, water taps and field hospitals.