UNICEF is offering awareness-raising sessions at the public health centre in rural Damascus, Syria

Including consultations, immunizations, preventive and curative malnutrition services, young childhood feeding and exclusive breastfeeding.

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woman with baby talking to doctor in clinic
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26 September 2020

The worsening economic situation along with the recent spread of COVID-19 have compounded the needs of already vulnerable children and their families after years of conflict and displacement.

To help protect children’s health in Al- Tal in rural Damascus, UNICEF is offering awareness-raising sessions at the public health centre supported by UNICEF in the area.

The sessions teach caregivers about best nutrition practices and the nutritional value of different foods to help them find healthier, more affordable alternatives to maintain their children’s wellbeing. The sessions also contain information on how to protect against COVID-19.

The UNICEF-supported centre offers all kinds of health and nutrition support to children and mothers, including consultations, immunizations, preventive and curative malnutrition services as well as awareness-raising sessions in different topics including young childhood feeding and exclusive breastfeeding.

woman with baby talking to doctor in clinic
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Christine Rezk
Nadia, 34, and her son Zein, 1, during a one-on-one awareness-raising session on diet diversity and breastfeeding, given by a UNICEF-supported health worker in Al-Tal health centre in rural Damascus. “We had to flee our home in Erbin due to conflict and now most of my husband’s salary is used to pay rent,” says Nadia. “Getting information on how to feed my son using affordable and nutritious food items was really very useful for me.”
health worker talking to women carrying babies in clinic
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Christine Rezk
Jawaher, 37, a UNICEF-supported health worker in Al-Tal health centre in rural Damascus gives, an awareness-raising session on diet diversity to caregivers who approached the centre to vaccinate their children. “Most of the families are unable to afford even basic commodities for their children due to the worsening economic situation so it’s important to give them information on affordable nutritious alternatives,” she says.
woman carrying a baby
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Christine Rezk
Hiba 30, with her son Abdul-Muhaimen, 7 months old, during a UNICEF-supported awareness-raising session on diet diversity in Al-Tal health centre in rural Damascus. “My husband is a day labourer; when he works, he buys some vegetable for me to cook.