UNHCR is supporting the provision of comprehensive primary health care including mental health, essential and chronic disease’s medicines through Syrian Arab Red Crescent and charity association’s clinics in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Tartous, Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Hassakeh. Also UNHCR supports the emergency lifesaving referrals through the out contracted charity and private hospitals.
In Syria, thousands of schools have been damaged or destroyed or have been used as shelters for displaced persons. It is estimated that 6.1 million children and adolescents are in need of education assistance, including 1.75 million children who dropped out of school.
Education activities remain high on UNHCR’s protection agenda to promote access to education and to prevent children from resorting to harmful coping mechanisms such as child labor, early marriage and recruitment into armed groups.
UNHCR activities include remedial education programs, catch-up classes and other accelerated learning programs as well as the rehabilitation of schools and the provision of training for teachers in public schools on child protection and PSS.
In 2017, UNHCR partners conducted technical assessments of the selected schools for rehabilitation. Moreover, through the network of Community Centres, 168,053 vulnerable students benefited from remedial and catch-up classes, accelerated learning programs and supported the re-integration into the public education system, in addition to summer camps.