UNICEF supports vulnerable families in eastern Ghouta

Over 87,800 vulnerable children and women reached with health and nutrition services through supporting two fixed medical centers and two mobile health teams

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a doctor giving a baby a vaccine
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07 October 2019

UNICEF supports vulnerable families in eastern Ghouta with health and nutrition services In Kafr Batna village, in the battle-affected eastern Ghouta of Damascus, UNICEF is helping thousands of vulnerable families through supporting a pediatric clinic where children receive medical consultations and access much needed preventive and curative nutrition services. Following years of conflict, siege and damage to infrastructure and livelihoods, thousands of vulnerable families in Kafr Batna have been struggling to provide for their children’s dire needs, especially for their health and nutrition. Before this clinic was established three months ago, people who could afford the commute had to travel to nearby villages or to Damascus city to receive free medication for their children.

a baby checked by doctor
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Laith, 8 months, gets his Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measured as part of his regular screening for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported pediatric clinic in Kafr Batna, eastern Ghouta of Damascus. He has been under treatment from acute malnutrition for the last two months. “His height and weight has increased remarkably after he started feeding on the peanut paste [Plumpy’Nut] we receive regularly at the clinic,” says his mother, Nada.
doctor examining a boy
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Sari, 5 years, gets his airways examined at a UNICEF-supported pediatric clinic in Kafr Batna, eastern Ghouta of Damascus. “My son used to suffer from asthma attacks, but he got much better after we started frequenting the clinic,” says his mother.

“My son used to suffer from asthma attacks, but he got much better after we started frequenting the clinic,”

says Sari's mother
children waiting in a room
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Jana, 2 years, waits with her mother to get her fever examined at a UNICEF-supported pediatric clinic in Kafr Batna, eastern Ghouta of Damascus. “This clinic is such a relief for many nearby villages that lack medical facilities,” says Asmaa, Jana’s mother.
baby on bed
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Hala, 7 months, on the examination table at a UNICEF-supported pediatric clinic in Kafr Batna, eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Hala’s mother brought her from their nearby home village to get her eye examined for infections. “If it wasn’t for this clinic, I wouldn’t be able to medicate my children,” says Asmaa, Hala’s mother.
baby getting a tall measure
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Taim, 11 months, gets his height measured as part of his regular screening for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported pediatric clinic in Kafr Batna, eastern Ghouta of Damascus. The child was diagnosed with acute malnutrition and has been under treatment for the last two months. “He used to cry himself to sleep because of hunger, but now he is always well fed and has gained weight, thanks to the peanut paste [Plumpy’Nut] he regularly receives at the clinic,” says Nahla, Taim’s mother.

This year, thanks to generous contributions from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO), UNICEF has reached over 87,800 vulnerable children and women in eastern Ghouta, rural Damascus, with health and nutrition services through supporting two fixed medical centers and two mobile health teams.