UNICEF-supported hospital referrals programme in Al-Hol, Syria

UNICEF has assisted children and their families with support from U.K’s Department for International Development (DFID).

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children in a hospital
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12 May 2019

Since early January, more than 520 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and ten critical health cases among children in Al-Hol camp have benefited from the UNICEF-supported referrals programme. The programme, operated in coordination with the World Health Organization, identifies children with SAM who also have medical complications and refers them to hospitals in Hassakeh city to undergo treatment. In total, around 24,000 children under the age of five have been screened for malnutrition to date.

 

woman feeding a child
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3-year-old Zainab has been diagnosed with complicated severe acute malnutrition and referred to a hospital in Hasakeh city by a UNICEF supported health and nutrition mobile team in Al-Hol camp in coordination with World Health Organization. Zainab’s family arrived Al-Hol camp more than 4 months ago, fleeing violence in Hajin in northeastern Syria. Zainab has been referred to the hospital late April
a baby
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10-month-old Shukrana has been diagnosed with complicated severe acute malnutrition and referred to a hospital in Hassakeh city by a UNICEF supported health and nutrition mobile team in Al-Hol camp, in coordination with World Health Organization. Shukrana’s family arrived Al-Hol camp more than four months ago, fleeing violence in Hajin in northeast Syria. Shukrana has undergone treatment in the hospital under the supervision of doctors since mid-April 2019.
woman feeding a baby
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Wa’ed, 28, feeds a malnourished child who has been referred to Hassakeh Hospital by a UNICEF-supported health and nutrition mobile team in Al-Hol camp. Wa’ed graduated from an Arabic language college and has been volunteering as a caregiver for two months. “I am responsible for six or seven malnourished children whom were referred to the hospital. I am proud of myself in this work,” says Wa’ed.

“I am responsible for six or seven malnourished children whom were referred to the hospital. I am proud of myself in this work,”

Wa’ed, 28,
a child
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Children being treated for complicated acute malnutrition at a dedicated ward in Al-Hassakeh hospital. Since early January, more than 520 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and ten critical health cases among children in Al-Hol camp have benefited from the UNICEF supported referrals programme. The programme, operated in coordination with the World Health Organisation, identifies children with SAM who also have medical complications and refers them to hospitals in Hassakeh city to undergo treatment. In total, around 24,000 children under the age of five have been screened for malnutrition to date.
woman covering baby
UNICEF/Syria2019/Masoud Hasen
Children being treated for complicated acute malnutrition at a dedicated ward in Al-Hassakeh hospital. Since early January, more than 520 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and ten critical health cases among children in Al-Hol camp have benefited from the UNICEF supported referrals programme. The programme, operated in coordination with the World Health Organisation, identifies children with SAM who also have medical complications and refers them to hospitals in Hassakeh city to undergo treatment. In total, around 24,000 children under the age of five have been screened for malnutrition to date.
woman feeding a baby
UNICEF/Syria2019/Masoud Hasen
Ruwa, 33, feeds a malnourished child in a dedicated ward for children referred from Al-Hol camp. For the past three months, Ruwa has worked as a caregiver supporting children at the special ward in Hassakeh hospital. She has more than two years of experience as a psychosocial support volunteer. “Seeing the children I care for recover fully is what makes me proud and happy,” says Ruwa.

“Seeing the children I care for recover fully is what makes me proud and happy,”

Ruwa, 33,
a baby
UNICEF/Syria2019/Masoud Hasen
11-month-old Dawood has been diagnosed with complicated severe acute malnutrition and referred to a hospital in Hassakeh city by a UNICEF-supported health and nutrition mobile team in Al-Hol camp in coordination with World Health Organization. Since 8 April 2019, Dawood has undergone treatment in a dedicated ward for children referred from Al-Hol camp to the hospital under the supervision of doctors from various specialties. Accompanying Dawood is one of the 60 caregivers supported by UNICEF who work in three shifts throughout the day to be with the children.
caring hospital
UNICEF/Syria2019/Masoud Hasen
Children being treated for complicated acute malnutrition at a dedicated ward in Al-Hassakeh hospital. Since early January, more than 520 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and ten critical health cases among children in Al-Hol camp have benefited from the UNICEF supported referrals programme. The programme, operated in coordination with the World Health Organisation, identifies children with SAM who also have medical complications and refers them to hospitals in Hassakeh city to undergo treatment. In total, around 24,000 children under the age of five have been screened for malnutrition to date.

UNICEF is also supporting 60 caregivers in hospitals, in Hasakeh city, to take care of the referred children in three shifts around the clock and under the supervision of doctors. Since the influx of internally displaced people to Al-Hol started in late December, UNICEF has provided children and their families with primary health care and nutrition services with support from U.K’s Department for International Development (DFID). The escalation of violence in Hajin and Baghouz, in Deir-ez-Zor governorate, caused a massive internal displacement with a new wave of 63,000 people transported to Al-Hol camp, 9 out of 10 are women and children whom have been exposed to intense hostilities and had lived in extreme depravation for many years.