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Turkey|Syria: Cross-Border Humanitarian Reach and Activities from Turkey, March 2018//Türkiye|Suriye: Türkiye Üzerinden Sınır Ötesi İnsani Erişim ve Aktiviteler, Mart 2018//تركيا/سوريا: الوصول والنشاط الإنساني عبر الحدود من تركيا آذار


During the month of March, hostilities in Eastern Ghouta continued unabated resulting in scores of casualties and disruption to humanitarian work. Following the large advances made by the Government of Syria (GoS) forces, non-state armed groups in Harasta and the central part of Eastern Ghouta agreed to surrender. Between 23 and 24 March, 5,204 people were displaced from Harasta town to north-western Syria. Between 25 and 31 March, 38,020 people were displaced from Arbin town also to north-western Syria. Displacement from Al-Qadam neighborhood to northern Syria took place in March, after an agreement was reached between GoS forces and the NSAGs in control of the neighborhood. As such, 1,351 people from the neighborhood were displaced to north-western Syria. In Afrin district in Aleppo governorate, the Olive Branch forces established full control over Afrin town on 18 March following almost two months of fighting. Before the Olive Branch forces established full control over Afrin town, the local authorities allowed civilians to leave the district resulting in a displacement wave to the nearby communities in Tall Refaat sub-district and Nabul and Zahraa towns. 

Sector Activities

People reached numbers reported are for March 2018 only.
Education cluster provided children and adolescents with regular self-learning materials and digital learning materials, provision/rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities in TLS/ schools, Rehabilitation of learning centers, incentives/allowances for teaching staff, non-formal education (NFE), professional development to teaching staff (active learning, self-learning, life skills), textbooks, life skills based trainings, basic education materials, psychological support and recreational activities, provision of fuel for heating in learning centers and teaching kits, develop & strengthen M&E capacities of education actors, early childhood education (ECE) / early childhood development (ECD) and awareness raising campaigns.
Early Recovery cluster Since the beginning of the year (Jan-March 2018),  Early Recovery cluster members reached 134,910 total beneficiaries with 33,465 direct beneficiaries and 101,445 indirect beneficiaries.  15,288  directly benefited from rehabilitation of education facilities, 12,357  benefited from basic housing repair support and 1,922  benefited from vocational and skills training provided.  Rest of the ER activities concentrated in  Short-term work opportunities created with 320 direct beneficiaries and entrepreneurship supported reached 316 direct beneficiaries while IDP integration reached 180 direct beneficiaries.
FSL Cluster in March 2018, a total of 827,859 beneficiaries were reached with food baskets (in kind, cash and voucher); additionally, 1,541,512 beneficiaries reached with emergency food rations, mixed food items and other food commodities in addition to bread/flour distribution FSL cluster reached 288,498 beneficiaries with agriculture & livelihood activities.
Shelter cluster provided rental assistance, construction materials/tools, emergency shelter kits (e.g. tents) and emergency shelter; also rehabilitation of private housing and collective centers. Moreover, shelter cluster provided information/counselling on housing, land & property rights.
NFI cluster provided NFI kits (in-kind, cash, voucher) and training of stakeholders on resilience oriented NFI skills and capacities.
WASH cluster reached beneficiaries with direct water provision, water trucking bottles, private boreholes, household water treatments, maintenances/ cleanings of communal sewages, constructions or rehabilitations of communal latrines and household
Nutrition cluster supported and provided IYCF-E messages by outreach workers, BMS supports and re-lactation supports for 0-6 month year old infants; children lipid-based nutrient supplements, complementary foods, inpatient SAM treatments, MAM treatments, vitamin A, malnutrition screenings, multiple micronutrients; health staff trained on IYCF and CMAM guidelines; lactating women’s receive vitamin A; PLWs reached with MAM treatments, counselled on appropriate IYCF, screened for malnutrition, supplemented with multiple micronutrients, received food assistance and non-food items; psychosocial counselling sessions for caregivers with children less than 2 years old.
Protection cluster provided awareness raising through campaigns and contact initiatives, case management, child protection and psychosocial support, including parenting programmes, develop community level referral pathways, legal assistance, material/cash assistance, outreach activities, psychosocial support, recreation and early childhood development kits, risk education, specialised child protection services, training of front line responders and humanitarian actors, women and girls accessing safe spaces and other socio-economic support.
GBV SC provided case management and PSS to GBV survivors, organized psychosocial recreational and skills building activities for women and girls accessing safe spaces and continued investing in the capacity building of GBV organizations to enhance the quality of services, for this month focusing specifically on Clinical Management of Rape training inside Syria.
CCCM cluster tracked 545,368 IDPs and has coordinated the provision of lifesaving multi-sectoral response to 375,103 IDPs living in 417 informal settlements in March 2018.
Health cluster reached 26,048 people with referrals; 989,979 outpatient consultations were provided; with trainings: 100 doctors, nurses, midwives and CHW trainees reached and 83,952 minor and major surgeries were supported; 30,997 deliveries assisted by skilled birth attendants.


Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
31 Mar 2018
Map/Infographic Type: 
Information Management
Coordination hub(s): 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2022