WHO support saves lives of malnourished children in Syria
8 March 2017 – Six years into the Syria crisis, malnutrition rates have increased, especially among children under 5 years of age. Almost 4.3 million boys and girls under the age of 5 are in need of nutrition services, including 73 000 children who are acutely malnourished. WHO is working to ensure that children suffering from malnutrition are diagnosed and treated before their condition leads to serious and long-term medical complications.
12-month-old Samer* was born one year after his parents fled their home in Rural Hama due to severe clashes. “The situation in the area we arrived at was very bad.” said Samer’s mother. “I was exhausted, depressed and always hungry. Sometimes I could barely find a loaf of bread to share with my husband. I couldn’t breastfeed Samer anymore, and I could see that my baby was suffering with us in our starvation,” she said, holding back her tears.