Prolonged conflicts. Extreme poverty. Climate change. COVID-19. These and other crises have displaced millions and intensified humanitarian needs for children and families all across the Middle East region.
Together with partners, UNICEF works to meet urgent needs while also advancing longer-term solutions that strengthen health and other systems and build community resilience to future crises.
UNICEF's priorities include improving access to quality health care for children and pregnant women; reaching every child with essential vaccinations; improving child nutrition; strengthening child protection from violence and abuse and ensuring access to quality education.
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UNICEF programming in the Middle East region reaches vulnerable children and families in Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Here's a closer look at what UNICEF and partners are doing in two of the highest-need countries in this region:
The combined impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a national economic crisis and prolonged conflict in Syria has exposed girls and boys inside the country to child marriage, child labor, abuse and exploitation as well as increased levels of violence.
UNICEF's humanitarian action plan for Syria aims to reach 9 million people with assistance across all major program areas. Priorities include improving health care for newborns, improving vaccination rates among children, addressing spikes in severe acute malnutrition and getting out-of-school children back to learning. UNICEF also works to strengthen child protections against violence and abuse.
There are over 11 million children in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen due to years of conflict and economic shocks and food insecurity. UNICEF priorities in the country include screening and treating children for malnutrition; immunizing children against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases and helping to contain outbreaks; and providing psychosocial support to children and families. Emergency health and nutrition programs, along with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and child protection interventions remain significantly underfunded.
UNICEF relies on voluntary contributions from donor governments, civil society groups, businesses and others — including individuals — to sustain critical programs and to maximize impact for children in need.
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