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The Syria Humanitarian Fund releases a record $40 million to support 1.3 million vulnerable people in Syria

The Syria Humanitarian Fund releases a record $40 million to

support 1.3 million vulnerable people in Syria

DAMASCUS, 7 October 2020 – The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

released US $40 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund (SHF), its largest ever allocation, the

UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Mr. Imran Riza, announced

today. This record release of SHF funds will enable life-saving assistance to reach 1.3 million

people across Syria, including support to families in under-served areas where humanitarian needs

are particularly acute and worsening under the added strain of COVID-19.

“The devastating impacts of COVID-19 and recent economic deterioration have compounded deep

and widespread humanitarian needs across Syria,” said Mr. Riza. “Many families, already reeling

from ten years of crisis, have been pushed to the brink. This $40 million allocation from the Syria

Humanitarian Fund – our largest to date – will be critical to assist vulnerable communities, many

who would otherwise have limited humanitarian support. It will bolster healthcare systems, augment

food security and livelihood opportunities, and enhance important protection services.”

OCHA has already commenced disbursement of funds, with NGOs to receive 61 per cent, including

19 national NGOs ($8.7 million) and 21 international NGOs ($15.5 million). This SHF allocation

also has the broadest reach to date, supporting 62 projects across 93 sub-districts, including in

areas of acute need in Rural Damascus, rural Aleppo, Homs, Dar’a, Hama, rural Lattakia, Ar-Raqqa

and Deir-ez-Zor, some of which will benefit from SHF-supported projects for the first time.

Of note, in recognition of the worsening socio-economic situation in the country, nearly $15 million

will support delivery of food vouchers, food baskets, and livelihood opportunities for farmers in rural

areas. In addition, $7.6 million of the current allocation will boost healthcare services, $4 million will

support students to return safely to school, and $4 million will provide essential protection, including

to improve survivor access to quality gender-based violence response services.

Intersos, one of the INGO partners, will utilize the SHF funds to reach an estimated 60,000 people

with mobile health clinics in Hama and Rural Damascus, where communities would otherwise have

limited access to primary health care. “With clinics and healthcare centers in these areas destroyed,

and many families unable to pay for transport, our mobile health clinics fill a critical gap in primary

health care,” said Marion Cassiat, Programme Manager at Intersos. “The quick disbursement of

the SHF funds enables us to get urgent support to communities who need our support now.”

Since its creation in 2014, the SHF has supported 65 humanitarian organizations in Syria, operating

within the parameters of the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan to meet the most critical needs

and to support an effective and coordinated humanitarian response. In 2020 so far, thanks to the

generosity of its donors, the SHF has committed funding to projects worth $67.5 million.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
07 Oct 2020
Document type: 
Press Release
Location(s): 
Syrian Arab Republic
Theme(s): 
Humanitarian Financing
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020