Health Promotion team in SARC Homs branch launches annual awareness campaigns at the beginning of each summer to prevent Leishmaniasis through raising awareness and providing the local community preventive items. Leishmaniasis is caused by the bite of certain types of sandflies which spread during summer. In summer 2016, Hussam from Qaryatein contracted Leishmaniasis on his face and hand. Through one awareness session, Hussam’s family and other returning families managed to know the causes, ways of transmission and ways of treatment. SARC team distributed mosquito nets after the sessions. Hussam recovered perfectly as the family followed the treatment steps and used mosquito nets.
This campaign “ Leishmaniasis awareness” campaign is carried out in cooperation between SARC and ICRC.