Health and Nutrition
Delivering quality healthcare in fragile settings requires a daily balancing act for both patients and providers. The communities Relief International serves are often surrounded by life-threatening events that result in physical and emotional wounds, and security makes it challenging to seek treatment. These populations are additionally burdened by chronic poverty and shortages of basic necessities such as food, clean water and safe sanitation – leaving them with little resilience to withstand poor health.
Our work ranges from providing life-saving care to people in vulnerable situations to rebuilding health systems so they can sustainably care for themselves. In war-ravaged countries, our mobile medical units provide care to communities completely cut off from services, and our hospitals in besieged cities treat mass injuries and offer trauma counseling. In areas facing drought, our healthcare facilities screen children for malnutrition and treat waterborne disease spread by lack of access to clean water sources.
When we’re not doing, we’re preparing – by building local capacity through vocational training for health workers, providing food and nutritional advice to families to prevent famine, stockpiling medicine to combat an impending disease outbreak, and scouting sites for the next hospital in the event we’re forced to move the existing one.
All of Relief International’s health and nutrition work is underpinned by protection measures. This means we ensure that groups facing highly vulnerable situations or with special needs have access and dignity in attaining the quality care they need to live healthy lives.
Our work helps people in vulnerable situations achieve good health and nutrition by:
- Delivering primary healthcare and emergency treatment
- Connecting patients to mental health and trauma counseling services
- Deploying mobile medical units to hard-to-reach areas
Providing life-saving maternal care (pre-natal, delivery and post-natal)
- Treating and preventing malnutrition
- Launching community-based disease prevention campaigns
- Equipping health facilities to respond to disease outbreak
- Educating families about health and nutrition
- Offering sexual and reproductive health services
- Training local healthcare workers
- Teaching veterinarians and medical staff to recognize and prevent diseases spread by livestock
- Acute malnutrition treatment
Delivering life-saving support
Health and Nutrition in Fragile Settings
A Disease Deadlier than War: One Doctor’s Struggle to Contain COVID-19 in Afghanistan
Relief International has been preparing for months for the arrival of coronavirus in Afghanistan, where the disease is spreading rapidly – and largely undetected – throughout the country. The COVID-19 outbreak threatens to overwhelm the country’s existing health services and make an already fragile situation much worse.
“It’s not a normal day at work”: Responding to COVID-19 and Polio in the Philippines
The second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao is one of the most fragile settings in the world. The site of a decades-long conflict and recurrent earthquakes, the island community is now struggling to contain competing outbreaks of polio and the novel coronavirus, which serve to push families to their limits.
Dangerous Delivery: The Reality of Pregnancy in Yemen
“January 15 was one of the worst days of my life,” recalls Kadija Al-Qadri. After a relatively easy pregnancy, she eagerly awaited the moment when she would hold her youngest child in her arms. But Kadija’s excitement was replaced with fear after she learned that her baby was transverse, or positioned horizontally. In Yemen, it’s a diagnosis that can be deadly.
Gentil Hospital: A Safe Place for Quality Care in a Tense Border Region
Relief International began providing medical care at Gentil Hospital in 2016. Since then, no mothers’ lives have been lost during childbirth.
Displaced and Distressed: Delivering Mental Health Support in Arsal, Lebanon
Asmaa, 33, and Mariam, 61, live a five-minute drive away from one another in the small Lebanese border town of Arsal. They have never met, but they have more in common than just the town where they live.
The Doctor Who Stayed Behind
A Syrian pediatrician shares the challenges of working in a war zone, what keeps him motivated, and his hopes for the future.
Kitchen Gardens in North Darfur Make Nutrition Sustainable
Meet Medina, a mother of nine from North Darfur and a participant in Relief International’s nutrition program.
Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees
One and a half million people in Syria are currently living with permanent impairments, including over 80,000 who have lost limbs.
A Disease Deadlier than War: One Doctor’s Struggle to Contain COVID-19 in Afghanistan+ READ MORE
“It’s not a normal day at work”: Responding to COVID-19 and Polio in the Philippines+ READ MORE
Dangerous Delivery: The Reality of Pregnancy in Yemen+ READ MORE
Gentil Hospital: A Safe Place for Quality Care in a Tense Border Region+ READ MORE
Displaced and Distressed: Delivering Mental Health Support in Arsal, Lebanon+ READ MORE
The Doctor Who Stayed Behind+ READ MORE
Kitchen Gardens in North Darfur Make Nutrition Sustainable+ READ MORE