The World Food Programme



Nour Foundation, supported by UNFPA, organized illiteracy classes for women in Sahnaya. ©UNFPA/Syria/2018

UNFPA established its country presence in the Syrian Arab Republic in 1971.  UNFPA believes that every woman and girl has the right to have access to affordable reproductive healthcare and be effectively protected from Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and that every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  In emergency situations, UNFPA plays a critical role in collecting data and conducting assessments that help guide crisis responses.

Since the onset of the crisis in Syria, UNFPA has scaled up collaboration with its implementing partners to empower and improve the lives of crisis-affected Syrian women, youth and communities; including by advocating for human rights and gender equality, improving access to reproductive health services in areas where they have been disrupted, and preventing and responding to GBV.  UNFPA has so far reached 745,461 women and girls with comprehensive GBV prevention, awareness-raising, and capacity building to enhance their livelihoods and reduce their vulnerabilities, and continues to support 35 Women and Girls Safe Space (WGSS).  As it places a high priority on safeguarding the youth’s well-being and supporting their successful transition to adulthood, UNFPA, through 16 youth centers in Syria, has reached 166,414 young people with training and awareness-raising, often using innovative and participatory approaches.  In close cooperation with national partners, UNFPA works to ensure that reproductive health is integrated into emergency responses, through 912 partially-supported and 55 fully-supported health facilities.  UNFPA has reached 3,746,354 people with reproductive health services, and 410,526 people with hygiene and reproductive health materials in affected areas.  UNFPA deploys hygiene supplies, obstetric and family planning supplies, trained personnel, and other support to vulnerable populations, and works to ensure the needs of women and young people are met during both emergency and recovery phases.

UNFPA has 80 staff members (11 international and 69 national staff) who operate out of its main office in Damascus and sub-offices in Homs and Aleppo governorates.  UNFPA is also represented Al-Qamishli, and in the governorates of Deir Ez-Zor, Sweida, Latakia, Tartous and Hama.  UNFPA works with 20 national NGOs.

Since 19 August 2015, Massimo Diana has served as the Representative of UNFPA in Syria.