Abir, 22, holds her son Ishak, 1.5 years, in their house in Jarba village of East Ghouta, Rural Damascus, Syria, on 3 April 2022. (Photo credit: UNICEF)

Parents and caregivers are heroes: Protecting our children in a crisis

To provide evidence-based parenting tips to families impacted by the recent earthquakes in Syria, Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) at the University of Oxford have co-developed with colleagues from UNODC, Manchester University, WHO, and ECDAN and with support and input from colleagues at UNICEF and UNHCR. They are based on the WHO-UNICEF PLH programs which have been tested in 15 randomized control trials (RCTs) and have also been used in Ukraine and Pakistan.

The tips are available in Arabic and English and offer practical ways for parents to help themselves and their children cope in the current crisis. All tips can be downloaded in PDF format and are open source to allow sharing. This website will be updated as more resources become available.