QRCS supports public health, food security in northern Syria

Amanda M. Rye

Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) continued to provide relief for the underserved Syrians in northern governorates. Its representation office in Turkey has recently conducted several projects in the food and public health sectors.

In emergency response to the damage in the camps of internally displaced people (IDPs) due to heavy rainfall, QRCS’s rapid response teams visited some affected camps to execute awareness activities and services.

These included malnutrition screening among children under five years of age,, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. Nutritional supplements were provided for the critically malnourished cases.

Community awareness sessions were held on the risks of low temperatures, how to deal with it, ways of water purification, the importance of breastfeeding and good nutrition for women and children, and prevention of malnutrition.

QRCS’s field personnel also provided one-on-one consultation, micronutrients, and soap to the target families. Children attended custom activities on personal and public hygiene. The beneficiaries were referred to the nearest health centers, depending on their respective cases.

In Jarabulus, a city in the countryside of Aleppo, a group of QRC’s field experts implemented a project to ensure food security in an area of high density of IDPs that lacks food and nonfood supplies.

The purpose of the project is to ensure self-dependence in producing bread, from harvesting wheat, flour production, and provision of equipment to the provision of bread at low prices for the IDPS and inhabitants of Jarabulus. It has a significant impact on the lives of over 33,000 beneficiaries, including the 56 farmer families from which the bread was purchased and more than 6,700 families.

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