Thanks to the support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF, through its partners, launched a malnutrition screening campaign at Al-Hol camp, aiming to reach over 24,000 children under the age of five. 62 trained volunteers are taking part in the campaign to detect, prevent and treat children for malnutrition.
UNICEF treats children in Al-Hol camp, Syria for malnutrition
Aiming with 62 trained volunteers to reach over 24,000 children under the age of five.
“Back in Susa, I barely had enough to eat myself and so I wasn’t able to breastfeed him,”
Volunteers go from one tent to another, measuring children’s mid-upper-arm circumference (MUAC) to determine malnutrition, referring those identified as suffering of severe or moderate acute malnutrition to UNICEF-supported clinics at the camp or hospitals in Hassakeh, and distributing much-needed nutritional supplements both therapeutic and preventive.
“I’m proud of what we’re doing here as we’ve seen firsthand the bad condition of children and women arriving after days on the road,”
The camp is now home to over 73,000 people, mostly women and children, operating well beyond its capacity. Families had arrived from southeast Deir-ez-Zor exhausted and in need of medical assistance due to the compound effect of years of deteriorating humanitarian conditions, as well as an arduous journey to safety at the camp.