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Yara, a participant in our cash assistance program, holds her son Ramee, 2, in front of her makeshift shelter in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

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Yara, a participant in our cash assistance program, holds her son Ramee, 2, in front of her makeshift shelter in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

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What we do

Health and Nutrition

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Health and Nutrition

Overview

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 the most vulnerable to rebuilding health systems to 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 with high vulnerability or special needs have access and dignity in attaining the quality care they need to live healthy lives.

Our work helps vulnerable people 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
Our Impact

Delivering life-saving support

2.3M
health consultations provided in 2018
507
healthcare providers trained in 2018
363K
people educated on disease prevention, health issues, or healthy behaviors in 2018
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Health and Nutrition in Fragile Settings

Lebanon

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.

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Syria

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.

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South Sudan

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.

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Sudan

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.

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Turkey

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.

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Sudan

As the Darfur Crisis Drags On, Disease Kills

Relief International has operated continuously inside Sudan’s ZamZam camp since 2004, relying on our strong relationships with the camp’s residents to tackle issues facing the community.

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Turkey

The Invisible Injuries of War

The damage to mental health for many Syrian children and adults is both chronic and severe. Relief International works across Turkey to improve the mental health of traumatized Syrian refugees.

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Relief International Social Worker Fatima Abdul Wahed hosts a one-on-one session with Aasma in her home. Elie Gardner/RI

Lebanon

Displaced and Distressed: Delivering Mental Health Support in Arsal, Lebanon

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Syria

The Doctor Who Stayed Behind

South Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

South Sudan

Gentil Hospital: A Safe Place for Quality Care in a Tense Border Region

Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Sudan

Kitchen Gardens in North Darfur Make Nutrition Sustainable

Rahaf is a technician who makes prosthetic limbs at Relief International's clinic. Rachel Elkind/RI

Turkey

Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees

Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Sudan

As the Darfur Crisis Drags On, Disease Kills

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Turkey

The Invisible Injuries of War

Relief International Social Worker Fatima Abdul Wahed hosts a one-on-one session with Aasma in her home. Elie Gardner/RI
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South Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI
Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI
Rahaf is a technician who makes prosthetic limbs at Relief International's clinic. Rachel Elkind/RI
Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI
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Relief International Social Worker Fatima Abdul Wahed hosts a one-on-one session with Aasma in her home. Elie Gardner/RI

Displaced and Distressed: Delivering Mental Health Support in Arsal, Lebanon

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The Doctor Who Stayed Behind

South Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Gentil Hospital: A Safe Place for Quality Care in a Tense Border Region

Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

Kitchen Gardens in North Darfur Make Nutrition Sustainable

Rahaf is a technician who makes prosthetic limbs at Relief International's clinic. Rachel Elkind/RI

Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees

Sudan. Elie Gardner/RI

As the Darfur Crisis Drags On, Disease Kills

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The Invisible Injuries of War

From our staff

As a member of Relief International's Syria team and a Syrian refugee myself, I am proud to provide the much-needed mental healthcare and physical rehabilitation to help restore lives.

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Lebanon. Elie Gardner/RI
Get in touch

Get in touch

For more information on Relief International’s work in health and nutrition, please contact [email protected]