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MICAD and UNICEF partner to provide health and nutrition services for Syrian children

posted on 21/07/2014: 1685 views



The U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, and UNICEF have yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining cooperation for providing an integrated health and nutrition plan to help battle malnutrition among Syrian children affected by the ongoing conflict.

"UNICEF and its partners are concerned about the deterioration in the nutrition status of Syrian children inside and outside Syria," said UNICEF Gulf Area Representative Dr. Ibrahim El Ziq. "Malnutrition is a silent threat among children, linked to poor hygiene, unsafe drinking water, diseases, lack of immunisation, and improper feeding practices of young children." Malnutrition is an underlying cause of child mortality. By weakening the immune system, it makes children more susceptible to contracting other diseases. Doctors across Syria and neighbouring countries are reporting an increase in the number of severely malnourished and sick children arriving for treatment.

UNICEF is providing a package of services that would allow for the treatment of the symptoms and the cause. The UNICEF response strategy focuses on both prevention against further nutrition situation deterioration, actual treatment of any malnourished cases identified to avert death, updating the nutrition situation baselines, as well as capacity strengthening.

U.A.E. is supporting UNICEF's response with a contribution of US$7 million for prevention as well as activities for treatment. Activities include screening children for malnutrition, distributing preventive and therapeutic nutrition commodities, and providing counselling and education for caretakers regarding infant and young child feeding and nutrition.

"The U.A.E. government, which has been a staunch supporter of children's issues and of UNICEF's work, achieved the first position as the world's largest donor country of official development assistance in 2013. This latest support will enable UNICEF to ensure that malnourished children receive proper care in a functioning health facility and continuously screen children for malnutrition to help in early intervention and monitoring which will save thousands of children's lives," Dr. El Ziq concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – Read more:

http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395267941558.html

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