iMMAP and the EU continue their collaboration to protect the most vulnerable Syrians by enhancing emergency programs through coordination and evidence-based information.
The new eight-month project, managed by iMMAP, has three components: analyzing barriers of return for forcibly displaced people through context monitoring
, COVID-19 emergency coordination and humanitarian mine action coordination in Syria
. With a budget of EUR 950,000, the project will run until January 31, 2022.
A decade since the ongoing war began, Syrian refugees and internally displaced people still face innumerable challenges impeding their path for a safe and secure return to their place of origin. Some of these challenges include a lack of access to health services and essential commodities, lack of clean water and sanitation, financial constraints, as well as security and protection risks.
Building on the previous EU-funded project, iMMAP will continue to fill information gaps through the nuanced community-based and thematic analysis of the main barriers of return. The research will explore the local environments and conditions for Syrian returnees
by studying vital services like water and sanitation, livelihood opportunities, and social dynamics.
The second component tackles rising COVID-19 numbers in parts of the country. As of June 2021, these areas of interest have registered approximately 19,000 COVID-19 cases, but the actual number is expected to be higher due to a plethora of factors such as inadequate vaccine inoculations, low surveillance and detection, and limited testing. Critical support is needed to coordinate emergency responses and deliver a timely analysis of its impact and effect on vulnerable communities. iMMAP will support overseeing the emergency response, monitoring the implementation of the Preparedness and Response Plan, maintaining a COVID-19 dashboard, and supporting epidemiological analysis on the spread of COVID-19.
The third and final component delves into explosive hazards in key locations in Syria. Due to these harmful munitions, Syria averages tens of accidents and hundreds of fatalities per month. iMMAP will seek to address this pernicious issue by providing information management support for partners, and producing and disseminating reliable information on the level of explosive ordnance contamination along with ongoing activities and gaps to support mine action efforts.