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On 1 December 2017, tensions between Houthi rebels and the General People’s Congress flared up , sparking fierce fighting in Sana’a city and other areas of Yemen leading to the assignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. At least 125 people have been killed and more than 230 people injured, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Clashes
have been reported from at least 16 different neighbourhoods in Sana’a city. Some of the fiercest fighting has been around the Diplomatic area near the UN compound and those of other humanitarian organizations. The UN downscaled its international staff presence in Sana’a and other targeted governorates as a result. The situation in Sana’a city, port of Hudaydah and
many part of the country remains tense, volatile and unpredictable.
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SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC (FROM ALL CHANNELS) during November 2017

436,190 reproductive health services delivered to Syrians

 21,578 deliveries supported, including 10,853 C-section deliveries

31,067 gender-based violence services provided to Syrians

22,463 women accessed women safe spaces

IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY THE CRISIS

 34,191 reproductive health services delivered to Syrian refugees

 2,434 beneficiaries received gender-based violence services

 25,13  Syrian refugees accessed women safe spaces and participated  in activities in camps and host communities

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Highlights of the Month:

On 6 November, ‘temporary’ closure of all of Yemen’s airports, seaports and land crossings took effect, disrupting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 27 million people. UNFPA and all humanitarian actors called for the borders to be re-opened and flights to be resumed, stressing that continued closure will sharply aggravate humanitarian crisis in Yemen and bring millions of people in Yemen closer to starvation and death. Of particular concern was on the lives of 52,800 pregnant women who risk complications with immediate danger to their lives if they do not get urgent life-saving maternal care and medicines.

 

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The population in the Arab region is expected to nearly double and a half by 2050, increasing from 281 million people in 2000 to an almost staggering 659 million, so from 6.02 percent of the total population in 2000 to 15.2 percent by 2050. This is a 60 percent increase during the 35 years from 2015 till 2050.
 
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UNFPA has expanded the network of services to rural parts of AlHassake to cover 279 villages. The number of mobile teams visiting the surrounding rural towns and providing comprehensive health services increased from seven mobile teams at the beginning of the year to reach ten mobile teams and eight static clinics. This expansion helps out to improve the referral system.

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 Some 20 million people require humanitarian assistance, seven million of whom are severely food insecure, staving off the threat of famine. Despite challenging conditions and lack of funding, UN and humanitarian parties are providing direct assistance to more than 7 million people each month.

 

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Several youth initiatives held in Syria. Jordan Cross-Border works to localize reproductive health services.

 

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Gaps in wealth have grown wide within most countries. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

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UNFPA’s Worlds Apart report calls for actions that lead to a brighter future, where all women govern their own lives, have equal access to sexual and reproductive health care and have the knowledge, skills and power to find gainful employment.

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Yemen enters the third year of armed conflict with no clear end in sight. The result of the crisis has left some 15 million people lacking adequate access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, and health services; seven million people are faced with the threat of famine; further exacerbated by the largest single year cholera outbreak ever recorded.

 

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