Throughout the Syrian crisis, malnutrition has been a significant issue, particularly for expectant mothers, newborns, and children. The number of birth defects has significantly increased and childhood development has been slowed due to high rates of food insecurity. This is a result of a lack of access to food, rising food prices, and agricultural losses brought on by the destruction of crops and livestock.
Since our founding in 2011, SRD has contributed to establishing greater food security in Syria. Our Young Child Feeding (IYCF) initiative has established comprehensive nutritional programming. This mostly affects children and expectant women, many of whom are internally displaced and at risk of hunger. Our goal is to arm them with nutrition knowledge that will improve their well-being and lessen harmful coping mechanisms.
We have partnered with healthcare professionals stationed at facilities including our maternity and children’s hospitals, primary mobile health clinics, and community health sites. Our nutrition interventions aim to inform and increase awareness at the household and community levels.