UNICEF provides health and nutrition services to children and mothers

Over 22,500 people in Deir-ez-Zor supported by a fixed health and nutrition center in the city and a mobile team

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smiling baby
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19 November 2019

Years of conflict in Deir-ez-Zor governorate took a severe toll on people’s health and nutrition. Almost half of the governorate’s health facilities are no longer functional, adding to the vulnerability of thousands of families who had depleted their resources fleeing from place to place after losing their livelihoods.

Two women sitting to a table
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Amira, 27 years, a mother of three, frequents this UNICEF-supported clinic in Deir-ez-Zor when she needs check-ups for herself or the children. Over the last couple of years, conflict in rural Deir-ez-Zor forced Amira and her family to flee from place to place until they settled in Deir-ez-Zor city. “Our home was destroyed, and our savings have been depleted,” she says.
a baby
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8-month-old Sara receives medical check-ups at a UNICEF-supported clinic in Deir-ez-Zor city. “This clinic eases much financial burden for many families who lost their livelihoods and exhausted their savings during years of crisis,” says Sara’s mother, Israa, who has been displaced three times with her family.
man screening a child with MUAC
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3-year-old Ghassan receives malnutrition screening at a UNICEF-supported clinic in Deir-ez-Zor. Ghassan has recently recovered from acute malnutrition after two months of treatment. “He was regularly provided with packs of butter and biscuits until he recovered,” says Dima, Ghassan’s mother, referring to micronutrient paste and high-energy biscuits used for treating acute malnutrition. After fleeing rural Deir-ez-Zor amid the conflict, Dima and her family kept moving from one place to another until they settled in a rented flat in Deir-ez-Zor city. “We struggle to secure our basic needs such as food, clothes, and health care,” says Dima.
baby having medical exam
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6-month-old Razan is brought by her mother, Amira, to a UNICEF-supported clinic in Deir-ez-Zor city to continue her treatment from dehydration. “I feel relieved when I bring my baby to this clinic because doctors are so dedicated and caring,” says Amira who returned to Deir-ez-Zor city with her family after several displacements amid the conflict.

“I feel relieved when I bring my baby to this clinic because doctors are so dedicated and caring,”

Amira, Razan's mother
child receiving a MUAC screening
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Muhammad, 3 years, receives malnutrition screening at a UNICEF-supported clinic in Deir-ez-Zor. He has recovered from acute malnutrition after two months of treatment through therapeutic food supplements provided by the clinic. Muhammad’s family, endured multiple displacements before they recently settled in the city. “This clinic has helped my children a lot, especially Muhammad who was in a critical condition before the treatment,” says Amira, Muhammad’s mother.
female doctor monitoring a pregnant woman
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Pregnant Hana, 26 years, frequents this UNICEF-supported clinic in Deir-ez-Zor for fetal monitoring. “I follow my doctor’s advice to remain safe and healthy until delivery,” she says. After being displaced several times, Hana returned to Deir-ez-Zor with her family. “We lost our home and livelihood, and now we have to spend our limited resources on flat rentals,” she says.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO), UNICEF is supporting those families through a package of health and nutrition services including malnutrition screening and treatment, medical check-ups, treatment and referrals, and health and hygiene education. UNICEF is reaching over 22,500 people in Deir-ez-Zor through a fixed health and nutrition center in the city and a mobile team to reach rural areas where many families have been returning after conflict subsided.