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QRCS supports public health, food security in northern Syria

QRCS supports public health, food security in northern Syria

Tribune News Network
Doha
The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) continues to provide relief to the underprivileged Syrian population in the northern governorates. Its representative office in Turkey has recently carried out a number of projects in the food and public health sectors.
In an emergency response to damage in internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) camps due to heavy rainfall, QRCS rapid response teams visited some of the affected camps to carry out awareness-raising activities and services.
These included screening for malnutrition among children below five years age, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers. Nutritional supplements have been provided for critically malnourished cases.
Community awareness sessions were held on the risks of low temperatures, how to deal with them, ways of purifying water, the importance of breastfeeding and good nutrition for women and children, and prevention of malnutrition.
The QRCS field staff also provided one-on-one consultations, micronutrients and soap to the target families. Children participated in customised activities related to personal and public hygiene. Beneficiaries have been referred to the nearest health centers, depending on their respective cases.
In Jarabulus, a rural town in Aleppo, a group of QRC field experts set up a project to ensure food security in an area of high density of IDPs that lacks food and non-food supplies.
The aim of the project is to ensure self-reliance in the production of bread, the harvesting of wheat, the production of flour and the provision of equipment for the supply of bread at low prices for the IDPS and the inhabitants of Jarabulus.
The project’s activities include buying 400 tons of wheat directly from local farmers, rehabilitating the premises of the main bakery in the city, establishing a fully equipped bread production line with a productivity of 6-8 tons per day, rehabilitating the 1-km route from the main road to the bakery, and graining and supplying the purchased wheat to the bakery, which produces more than 36,000 tons per day.
It has a significant impact on the lives of more than 33,000 beneficiaries, including 56 farmer families from whom bread was purchased and more than 6,700 families benefiting from the low-priced bread produced by the fully renovated bakery.
Living in the harshest conditions ever, 4.4 million people, including 2.7 displaced persons, or 61% of the total population, live in the north-eastern part of Syria. Jarabulus is one of the three largest destinations for displaced people whose villages have been bombed or destroyed.
In the midst of extremely high fuel prices and market blockades, wheat farmers are unable to sell their crops, which would seriously result in losses and eventually abandon the profession.
At the same time, it is difficult for the public to buy too expensive bread at a price of $0.5 per kg. As such, a breadwinner will need more than $50 per month to buy bread alone, while the average family income is less than $1 per day.

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