April 27, 2021 – Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) representative office in Turkey is implementing a project to provide life-saving preventive and therapeutic nutrition in northern Syria.
Carried out in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the project serves up to 115,000 inhabitants in the target areas.
It started in February and is expected to last until December 2021. Its goal is to save lives and reduce morbidity and mortality rates among young children and pregnant / breastfeeding women in the most vulnerable communities in underserved areas. from the northwest of the country.
Under the project, emergency nutrition programs are implemented for infants and young children, and detected cases of malnutrition are treated in outpatient clinics. Six mobile rapid response teams and 12 health workers are deployed to expand coverage of vital preventive and therapeutic nutrition services to reach remote areas that normally do not have access to medical services.
Nutrition programs are adjusted to meet the demands of the COVID-19 situation, to minimize the risk of infection and ensure the continuity of vital nutrition services.
To this end, the project mechanism consists of providing preventive and therapeutic nutrition services in 15 localities in the governorates of northwestern Syria, which host 24 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) with around 115,000 direct beneficiaries.
22,000 pregnant / breastfeeding women will be screened for malnutrition, as well as 40,000 girls and boys, who will then receive micronutrients and food supplements.
Additionally, the teams will provide public health education on emergency infant nutrition, COVID-19 and other health-related topics. Finally, 350 children and women will benefit from treatment for moderate and severe acute malnutrition.
Project impacts include (1) improving vital maternal nutrition services for pregnant / breastfeeding women and babies; (2) improve equitable access to therapeutic nutrition services through the regular and timely identification, monitoring and treatment of acute malnutrition cases in pregnant / breastfeeding women and children under 5; and (3) provide preventive and therapeutic nutrition services through qualified and well-trained staff for the most vulnerable groups in remote and underserved areas.
According to needs assessment reports published by United Nations agencies, the project’s target age and community groups are the most affected by the difficult and protracted humanitarian situation in northern Syria.
Due to the lack of a stable health system in many areas and the inability of the existing health system to provide nutrition and other health services, such a project was absolutely necessary to avoid harm. deaths and alleviate the suffering of these groups and host communities in general.
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About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)
Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteer organization that aims to help and empower vulnerable people and communities without bias or discrimination.
QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 191 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC organizations, Arab and Islamic, such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Organization of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.
QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has international relief and development projects underway in a number of countries across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. QRCS humanitarian actions include support for disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, health care and social development to local communities. She is also active on the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by harnessing the power of humanity.
QRCS works under the aegis of the seven international humanitarian principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.