NUTRITION AND PROTECTION ACTIVITIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN

Within the scope of the project, supported by IMC and UNICEF, the works have been given a start to carry out protection and nutrition activities for Syrian children refugees living in urban areas, in the Multi-Service Support Centres (MSCs) for Syrian refugees that have been established in both Gaziantep and Istanbul.

Within the scope of the project, systematic screening, by using mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) screening and weight for height measurements, are implemented to measure malnutrition in children under five (between 6-59 months). MUAC value will support identification of infants at high risk. Those who are acutely malnourished will be treated at the MSCs if they are moderately acutely malnourished and/or severely acutely malnourished (SAM) without complications. SAM with complications will be referred to designated referral hospitals in the area with trained staff who will be able to treat their complications and discharge them back to the MSC.

Moreover, meetings are being held at MSCs for awarness-raising at the community and providing counseling to pregnant and lactating women PLW on breast feeding and adequate and appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E) such as war, especially addressing the myths and barriers to optimal breast feeding and complementary feeding.

Also, a Child Friendly Space has been established in each centre to support the resilience and wellbeing of children through organized, structured activities (playing, acquiring contextually relevant skills) conducted in a safe, child friendly, and stimulating environment.

Additionally, it is aimed to refer children who may be victims of neglect or survivors of abuse or vilolations or maltreatment to based case amangers within the MSCs or to refer them to specialized services as needed in cooperation with UNICEF.

It is aimed to reach more children in the new MSCs which will be established in Istanbul and İzmir in the upcoming periode.