UNMAS is looking to improve access to services for at least 1,500 households in Hama and Homs by addressing financial barriers for persons with injuries and disabilities, including survivors of explosive ordnance (EO) accidents.

Financial Barriers to Care Services

In a majority of the Syrian Arab Republic’s governorates, men, women, boys and girls are killed or injured following the explosion of landmines, cluster munitions, explosive remnants of war (ERW) or Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Between July 2013 and August 2021, at least 922 direct victims of explosive ordnance accidents have been reported in Hama governorate and 466 in Homs governorate, with around 63,5% of these cases who have survived the EO accident.

UNMAS works to enable the Syrian people to resume their life in a safe environment, by eliminating the threat of explosive ordnance. As UNMAS expands its work in Syria, continued partnerships with all stakeholders is key to the successful implementation of our programme.
Habibulhaq Javed
Chief of the Mine Action Programme

While there are a growing number of organizations seeking to address the needs of Syrian communities, the mapping of specialized services existing in the targeted area shows limited availability for structures in capacity to address the needs of persons with injuries and disabilities, such as physical rehabilitation including provision of assistive products, psychosocial support for persons with injuries and family members, and social reintegration support.

In Syria, the situation of EO accidents survivors who sustain lifelong impairment (66%) is aggravated by the lack of access to specialized services. Since 2011, and until now, there is an urgent need to enhance access to emergency and continuous medical care, physical rehabilitation, psychological and psychosocial support for thousands of persons, including survivors of EO accidents. As identified through community feedback (key informants interviews), the financial barrier (expensiveness of the services and of the transportation) is the main challenge to be addressed in order to improve access to required services. 

The persons targeted in priority by the multi-purpose cash assistance in this project are persons with injuries and disabilities, and their families, as they are part of the most vulnerable groups of people in Syria.

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) works to eliminate the threat posed by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices by coordinating United Nations mine action, leading operational responses at the country level, and supporting the development of standards, policies and norms.

Operational Activities and Tasks

The contractor is expected to preform the following tasks:

  1. Identify and select1,500 households for multi-purpose cash (MPC) transfers.
    • Beneficiary households selection criteria shall necessarily include :
      • The presence of one or several household members with disabilities (including EO accident survivors), and/or
      • The loss of one or several household members following an EO accident
  2. Monitoring of MPC transfers to the selected beneficiaries and post-distribution monitoring activities with, at minimum, the following indivators:
    • Total number of men, women, boys and girls benefitting from multi-purpose cash (target 7,500), including the number of explosive ordnance survivors (target 200)
    • Total value of multi-purpose cash distributed in USD (target 454,000 USD)
    • Percentage of affected people who state that the assistance and protection provided correspond with their needs (target 80%); and
    • Percentage of men, women, boys and girls assisted who report an improved access to assistance (disaggregated by age, gender and type of assistance)
The content of this post is derived from a UNMAS request for proposal. Click below to see the full funding opportunity.
NO Comment 23rd January 2022

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