17 September 2013: The Syria crisis has caused a major humanitarian emergency as millions of Syrians flee to neighbouring countries. An estimated 170,000 refugees have sought shelter in Iraq. The ongoing, massive influx of refugees far exceeds Iraq’s capacity to host refugees.
To address the humanitarian crisis, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$9,999,143 to seven United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). These allocations will benefit 43,640 people in crisis.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $2,670,405 to provide water, sanitation and health facilities. UNICEF will also improve access to basic and secondary education, as well as ensuring that health needs, including reproductive health and nutrition, are met.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will also strengthen reproductive health and nutrition services. Through an allocation of $929,935, UNFPA will better protect girls and women against gender-based violence and trafficking.
Likewise, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will safeguard girls and women through an allocation of $449,197.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received $1,883,840 to provide emergency humanitarian assistance, whereas the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide emergency food assistance through an allocation of $1,899,996.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has received $1.2 million to provide emergency health facilities.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has received $349,996 to improve access to education to enhance literacy and life skills for the Syrian refugees.
With an allocation of $615,774, IOM will provide general emergency humanitarian assistance.