Life-saving supplies reach children and families in conflict-affected AleppoListen /
UNICEF and partners have just completed delivery of life-saving supplies to the embattled city of Aleppo in north-western Syria.
The mission, which also included the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and United Nations agencies, was part of a 15-truck convoy that travelled from Damascus to Aleppo. UNICEF's supplies included diarrhoeal disease kits to treat 30,000 people, medical kits for 20,000 people, 2,000 family hygiene kits, cooking stoves, high energy biscuits and school supplies.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Yoka Brandt said "The humanitarian situation in Aleppo is desperate", adding that the "goal is to reach children who most need our assistance, no matter where they are".
Aleppo has the highest number of affected people in the country – at least 2.4 million people. According to UNICEF, half of these are children.
UNICEF also delivered five generators and eight water tanks that will provide safe drinking water to more than 1 million people in Aleppo.
The head of UNICEF's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme in Syria, Ahmedou Bahah said "Humanitarian needs, especially for food, water and shelter, are very severe".
With the conflict in Syria in its third year, living conditions, especially in the worst affected areas, have become deplorable. Prices have tripled or quadrupled, impacting the provision of basic supplies and households' purchasing power.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.