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Syria and the region: Preparing for winter UNICEF Supply response 1,150,000 186,418

Estimated number of children affected inside Syria.

Estimated number of children affected outside Syria.

114,944 Number of refugees

registered or assisted in Turkey. Expected to rise to 280,000 by end of 2012.


Mersin Aleppo



registered or assisted in Iraq. Expected to rise to 60,000 by end of 2012.


118,633 Number of refugees

registered or assisted in Lebanon. Expected to rise to 120,000 by end of 2012.

49,032 Number of refugees




Cities and surrounding rural areas where UNICEF and partners are working


UNICEF Regional Supply Hubs Amman

118,398 Number of refugees Jordan

registered or assisted in Jordan. Expected to rise to 250,000 by end of 2012.

The Bitter Chill:

Temperatures in the region are falling fast. The winter months in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey (from mid-October through March) are already seeing a steep drop in temperatures. In many parts of the sub-region, the temperatures fall below zero and are accompanied by wind, rain, and occasional snowfall. Winter is a particularly difficult and dangerous time for infants and children. UNICEF estimates that at least 75,000 children require immediate provision of warm clothes and blankets. Many children continue to live in shelters that are not protected from the elements. UNICEF is urgently mobilising children’s clothing kits and blankets, including baby blankets, along with other winter supplies from around the region and internationally. UNICEF Syria is planning on providing 300,000 beneficiaries with a winterisation package which includes winter clothes for children, sleeping mats, blankets, plastic sheeting, hygiene kits and cooking sets.

Syria & surrounding countries: Key supplies

(Local/regional and international procurement planned and delivered - commencing November 2012)

Interagency health kits: 515

Blankets: 152,220

The basic kit contains essential medicines, medical devices (consumables and equipment) for 1000 people for a period of three three months.

High thermal fleece winter blankets measuring 150x200cm. Ideal for use in health and nutrition facilities, an in cold weather emergencies.

Sleeping mats: 27,000

Ground insulation is essential to prevent heat loss to the ground. Insulated sleeping mats help to combat heat loss and will help to ensure survival through winter.

Midwifery kits: 50

The Midwifery kit represents the basic requirements of medicines to facilitate around 50 normal deliveries. The kit contains basic medicines, medical devices,consumables and equipment, basic sterilisation and resuscitation equipment.

Plastic sheeting: 23,140

Proofing against wind and rain is essential to ensure a warm living environment. Plastic sheeting also provides a key basic flooring component which helps to prevent rising damp.

Winter clothes kits: 53,212

Measles Vaccine: 1,500,000

Each kit includes thermal underwear, long trousers, a woolen sweater, socks, woolen gloves and hat, shoes and a winter jacket. There are 9 clothes sets with sizes ranging from newborns to 14 years of age.

Doses supplied by UNICEF were pre-positioned at governorate level in preparation for the measles campaign, in late November and early December.

* Sources: OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 12 (27 October-11 November, 2012), Sub-Regional Syria Crisis: Winterization Strategy (October 2012-March 2013)


Syria and the region: Preparing for winter UNICEF Supply response