Unfortunately, diseases and illnesses linked to water sacristy and poor sanitation have increased. Therefore, SARC-Homs Health Promotion team supported by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) carried out a campaign titled “Public Health ” to raise awareness about positive health behavior through awareness – raising sessions. The campaign covered 16 regions in Homs and its countryside ( 19 sheltering centers and 5 camps) and reached 20143 beneficiaries as well as providing them with 3000 hygiene kits and 750 children kits. The awareness – raising sessions focused on illnesses cased by water shortage, lack of hygiene, diarrhoeal and infectious diseases.
As severe winter puts more burden on the displaced families, RC-Homs Ladies committee helps women, who are the sole supporter of their families, by providing them with small projects such as knitting and needlework which enable them to meet their basic needs. SARC-Homs ladies committee and the ladies committee of Al-Waer point distributed 385 sweaters made by these women to the children of Khadija Alkubra Sheltering center in addition to some children of poor families in the city.
One in every 1100 babies is born with Down syndrome, a condition in which a person is born with an extra chromosome. As children with Down syndrome deserve love and attention, SARC-Homs Child-Friendly Spaces team provides support for those kids through organizing recreational and educational activities that enhance their skills. SARC-Homs Child Friendly Spaces team’s activities are supported by Unicef.
SARC-Homs Child-Friendly Spaces project has recently launched a community -based initiative titled ” Let’s Help “. The initiative aims to collect used clothes, and then clean and mend them to be distributed to needy families in order to help them get clothes that protect them from the cold and alleviate their burdens. The initiative targeted 60 beneficiaries in Hassia town. It’s worth to mention that child-friendly spaces project is held in cooperation between SARC and UNICEF.
SARC-Homs Health Promotion team often carries out field visits to Home countryside where the team provides by leishmaniasis conditions with the necessary treatment. Every year, Health Promotion team launches awareness and educational campaigns on leishmaniasis that include topics related to leishmaniasis like: causes, infection, treatment and prevention.