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More than nine years of conflict in Syria has had a disastrous effect on the country’s economy and devastated its healthcare system. A pandemic of the scale of COVID-19 threatens to intensify pre-existing fragilities in an already-vulnerable economy that has experienced market collapse, rampant inflation and currency depreciation, in addition to the impact of sanctions imposed on the country.
Young Syrians were fast to join the fight in support of the county’s response to the pandemic putting their technical and entrepreneurial skills to work.
The UNDP-Syria Resilience Programme in 2018 focused on enhancing the self-reliance of Syrians to help them regain control over their basic needs such as housing, livelihoods and access to essential services with a special focus on vulnerable groups of women and persons with disabilities