QRCS and OCHA support therapeutic nutrition for helping save lives in SyriaAdmin
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The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has begun the implementation phase of a project to support life-saving therapeutic and preventive nutrition services in Syria with funding from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
During the preliminary phase, staff have been hired and trained and the target centers have been rehabilitated. The project is coordinated with local authorities and humanitarian organizations operating in the target areas.
A total of 127,000 people will benefit from this project, which covers 15 towns and 24 camps of internally displaced persons ( IDPs) in northwest Syria. These include 16,000 pregnant women and 27,000 young girls and boys.
The aim of the project is to save lives and reduce health problems and mortality rates among young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers from the most vulnerable groups in the northern part of the country, whether IDPs or host communities.
It involves screening for mild, moderate and severe malnutrition, providing micronutrients and nutritional supplements, referring cases to specialized treatment centers, and promoting public awareness of the need to feed newborns and young children in emergency situations and other related issues.
Seven centers and two rapid response teams comprising 34 health workers will provide nutrition services. This will ensure broader outreach to the most affected populations in remote and priority areas.
In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some adjustments were made to the nutritional programmes to minimise the risk of infection while ensuring the continued provision of life-saving nutritional services.
As far as health education is concerned, interactive and participatory informative techniques are used in the project to make it more likely for target communities to adopt good health and dietary behavior for a longer period of time after the project has been completed.
All the preventive measures approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) are strictly applied. Structural changes were made to the mechanism of community activities for better protection against COVID-19, with a special focus on the communities most prone to the pandemic, such as IDP camps.