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The nearly five-year conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has led to a dramatic increase in malnutrition among children. UNICEF is supporting the effort across the country to reach them with treatment and to prevent further deteriorating of the nutrition situation, but greater resources are badly needed.

The effects of nearly five years of conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic – massive displacement, crippled health care system, deteriorated livelihoods, lack of safe water and proper sanitation facilities – have all contributed to the poor nutritional status of children.

UNICEF aims to reach 1.3 Million children with nutritional care this year across the country. An assessment of nutritional status of displaced children conducted in 2014, the first since the crisis began, rated the level of global acute malnutrition in Aleppo, Hama and Deir ez-Zor governorates as ‘serious’, and the overall nutrition situation ‘poor’.

Despite the efforts to tackle malnutrition, the needs outstrip the capacity to respond. Throughout the country, UNICEF is scaling up malnutrition prevention and treatment services, and more health workers, community volunteers and women’s groups are being trained. Fifteen additional nutrition centres will be established in Homs, Hama and Aleppo by the end of 2015, bringing the total to 75.
But to sustain and strengthen this capacity and to ensure the continued delivery of life-saving nutritional supplies, more resources are needed – UNICEF‘s 2015 nutrition programme remains only 10 per cent funded. The international community needs to step in and provide additional funding to make sure that this threat to the lives of hundreds of thousands of children is averted.
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12918 SYRIA MALNUTRITION SELECT BROLL HD PAL
The conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has led to a dramatic increase in malnutrition among children....
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