Contribution to ICRC's Activities in Syria under the ICRC Disability and Mine Action Appeal 2019
Immediate needs regarding mine risk education and physical rehabilitation of vulnerable people affected by conflict and/or other situations of violence in Syria are covered.
In 2019, the ICRC aims to achieve the following results:
• Two physical rehabilitation centers (Aleppo and Damascus) are staffed, equipped and operational.
• Support of up to 6,100 affected disabled, war wounded and traumatized people is secured.
• Threats posed by conventional and non-conventional weapons to the local population are reduced.
• Communication and number of referrals to potential beneficiaries in catchment area regarding services of physical rehabilitation centers is increased.
With an Austrian contribution of EUR 1,000,000, the ICRC can assist the following number of beneficiaries:
• Knowledge of 292,676 people in affected communities in risk education and threats posed by conventional and non-conventional weapons increased.
• Medical, physical and psychosocial support for 1,102 disabled, war wounded and traumatized beneficiaries (out of the total target group) is secured.
The ICRC works closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society (SARC).
Project locations are Aleppo and Damascus.
• Provide equipment to operate 2 rehabilitation centers
• Provide know how and financial support to build sustainable capacities to operate 2 rehabilitation centers
• Conduct information sessions within the catchment area of the 2 rehabilitation centers to promote offered services
• Cooperate with referral organizations to promote offered services
• Provide medical, psychological and physiotherapy support to war wounded, wounded, traumatized and other people in need
• Conduct 24 risk education sessions in affected communities
• Conduct mines/ explosive remnants of war (ERW) trainings for SARC and ICRC staff.
In the Syrian Arab Republic, armed conflict between government forces and numerous armed groups has become more localized – particularly after military operations and agreements with armed groups enabled the government to regain control over more opposition-held territory. Fighting among armed groups continues. Third-party States carry out and/or support operations against these groups. Since the onset of the fighting in 2011, millions of people have been displaced; many have sought refuge in neighbouring countries or elsewhere. Protracted violence and international sanctions remain a strain on the economy, infrastructure and basic services. The Syrian government continues to arrest people in connection with the conflict. Armed groups are holding people in connection with the hostilities. Internationally backed peace talks have made little progress in effecting a political solution to the crisis