Humanitarian Needs Among Displaced and Female-Headed Households in Government-Controlled Areas of Syria

  • Citation: Ducy, Shannon and Emily Lyles. “Humanitarian Needs Among Displaced and Female-Headed Households in Government-Controlled Areas of Syria.” American Publication of Public Health 107, no. 6 (2017):.
    • Topics:
    • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
    • Keywords:
    • Middle East and North Africa
    • Syria
    • female-headed households
    • vulnerability
    • humanitarian assistance

To identify unmet needs and assistance priorities of displaced and female-headed households in government-controlled areas of Syria. In mid-2016, we undertook a survey of accessible areas, largely urban and government-controlled, to identify unmet needs and assistance priorities. We used a cluster design with probability sampling to attain a final sample of 2405 households from 10 of 14 governorates; 31 of 65 (47.7%) districts were included that are home to 38.1% of people in need. Displaced and female-headed households were more vulnerable than nondisplaced and male-headed households in numerous sectors. Despite approximately half of surveyed households reporting receipt of humanitarian assistance in the preceding month and apparently effective targeting of assistance by vulnerability, unmet needs were nearly ubiquitous. The humanitarian situation in inaccessible areas of Syria is likely to be considerably worse; thus, findings presented here likely underestimate humanitarian needs. Efforts to expand support to Syria’s most vulnerable households are desperately needed as are innovative targeting and modalities that enable more efficient and effective assistance.

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