UNICEF supports children and families in Al-Hasakeh, displaced by recent hostilities in northeast Syria, with lifesaving health and nutrition More than two weeks into the escalation of hostilities in northeast Syria have forced close to 180,000 people -nearly 80,000 of them children- to flee for safety toward Al-Hasakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates. While many of the displaced families have sought shelter with relatives and in host communities, some are currently staying at collective shelters under very basic conditions, adding to their vulnerability as several of them had been displaced before due to violence.
UNICEF supports children and families in Al-Hasakeh
Thousands of children screened for malnutrition, received nutritional supplements, curative and preventative health and nutrition services through UNICEF-supported fixed health centres including multiple awareness-raising sessions.
“We had to leave home and everything else behind because of the attacks. I was so scared,”
In the shelters, Hasakeh city, and surrounding rural areas, UNICEF and partners have screened 1,331 children under five years for malnutrition. 1,922 medical consultations were also provided to women and children and an additional 2,341 women and children have received multiple nutritional supplements and supplies in the same locations. Curative and preventative health and nutrition services are also being provided through UNICEF-supported fixed health centres across Al-Hasakeh including maternal and child health awareness-raising on immunisation, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices and hygiene. But as the movement of children and families continues, their needs continue to grow. More needs to be done ensuring vulnerable children and families remain dignified, healthy and protected.