Save the Children, working with our partners at Merlin, has already reached over 250,000 people across Syria, and our staff and partners are risking their lives to deliver lifesaving aid across the different areas in Syria – our humanitarian impartiality is often our only and our best defense. Here is a summary of our work in the health sector.
Families and children are struggling to access health care when they most need it. Save the Children is supporting health centers and hospitals across the country, providing them with appropriate equipment and services specifically for children, pregnant women and new mothers. We are also carrying out a vaccination campaign to protect thousands of children from potentially deadly diseases.
Health and nutritional interventions address nutritional deficiencies among children and young mothers. With young girls marrying early, most young mothers suffer from malnutrition and are unaware of nutrients they need for breastfeeding and good health.
Merlin is providing emergency response health care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and working to find new arrivals – both registered and unregistered – through partners and community leaders, so that when groups of refugees arrive we are the first to know, and can respond immediately.
Merlin is focusing on the most in need and most vulnerable – pregnant women, children, people with disabilities and older people. We are educating people about health and hygiene to help halt the spread of communicable diseases and are improving the way information about health needs is shared to help agencies on the ground co-operate better.
We continue our response to help children and families affected by the devastating conflict. Thank you again for your support. Please visit www.savethechildren.org/syria for further updates.
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