An awareness campaign against hepatitis was launched last Saturday in Erbin (Eastern Ghouta), by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Hygiene Promotion team. Where the volunteers organized interactive games and sessions about Hepatitis A symptoms and methods of prevention, in addition to videos about safe water, and how to reduce the spread of this disease. 263 mothers and 120 kids participated in the activities and got Hygiene kits provided by International Medical Corps (IMC).
180 people from the local community and displaced families from Al-Kafr, Hobran, and Ateel villages participated in three seminars held by SARC-health promotion team and aimed to raise awareness on water quality, diseases prevention and epidemics caused by its pollution. The team members completed their activities through cleaning Oxfam water tanks, which supply water to Al-Kafr and Hobran villages; since, SARC Swaida Branch mission doesn’t stop at installing water tanks but it proceeds to maintain and clean it in cooperation with the local community in order to enhance the behaviors of keeping the water clean and prevent diseases.
Mariam (8 months) looks very happy after taking her medicine, while her five sisters play in the shelter, which has kept its courtyard open to all children after their return to Mleha in Eastern Ghouta. While SARC medical team examined more than 70 patients and provided medicines to them, in addition to raising awareness session for 40 women about healthy nutrition and common diseases, with a support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The team will visit this area periodically to provide the necessary services.
Based on several standards and information collected by livelihoods team, the final stage of the home gardens project has been reached as the team visited various families to evaluate the project’s achievements and see how they benefited of its production regarding the quality and quantity. 1500 families in Swaida Governorate benefited from this project, which SARC and ICRC launched to empower displaced and affected families.
“I will get a red tooth brush” said Mayas (5 years) who accompanied her mother to SARC distribution center to get the hygiene parcel. Where SARC volunteers distributed 1000 food parcels and 400 hygiene kits to the families in Tal Kharouf, Kherbet Al Ward and Efreh in a support from ICRC.