One year after the devastating earthquake in southern Turkey and northern Syria

Earthquake – one year later_KRC article (1)

Earthquake – one year later_KRC article (1)

“Yes for Life” campaign ends its activities

In order to achieve a positive impact in society by educating young people, promoting awareness of the dangers of drugs, encouraging healthy life and avoiding substance abuse, and promoting positive values and community cooperation to combat this problem, the Kurdish Red Crescent implements the anti-drug initiative titled “Yes for Life” in partnership with the Lamasat Al Khair Association for Relief and Development in the city of Raqqa, where the initiative targets five neighborhoods in the city of Raqqa “Al-Bedu, Diriyah, Al-Mukhtalatah, Al-Furat, Rumaila” through concentrated sessions targeting the youth, with an average of twenty young men and women from each neighborhood.

pink month

In the Pink Month, breast cancer awareness continues in camps and centers
The month of October is called the pink month, and it is a month in which health campaigns strive to provide the necessary support to raise awareness of the danger of breast cancer and educate about its prevention.
Within this effort, health education teams provide awareness campaigns and brochures about breast cancer targeting women in camps in northern and eastern Syria, where they are introduced to this disease and how to detect it early, in addition to prevention measures, through visits inside the tent, as well as during Their reviews of the Kurdish Red Crescent centers located in each camp.

In the hope that joy will return to little Farah’s heart.

Usually, targeting densely populated areas leads to numerous casualties and serious injuries among civilians. After the indiscriminate shelling of vital facilities and civilian areas in northern and eastern Syria by the Turkish state on May 4, 2023, which lasted for several days, it left many dead and wounded, including 14-year-old Farah. She was displaced from her village of Al-Ghabish in the countryside of Tel Tamr with her parents during the occupation of the city of Serekaniye due to indiscriminate shelling in that area.
The bombing continued to haunt her as she helped her mother pick cotton in the village of Al-Bashiriyah in the countryside of Al-Dirbasiyah, where she lost her legs due to a shell that fell on them on May 5, 2023.
Farah was treated by the emergency and ambulance team of the Kurdish Red Crescent in Al-Dirbasiyah and was transferred to a hospital in Hasakah. A medical team consisting of an orthopedic surgeon, a physiotherapist, and a psychological support team from the Kurdish Red Crescent was assigned to take care of her treatment, support, and rehabilitation until she receives lower limb prosthetics in the hope that joy will return to little Farah’s heart.

Awareness campaign about the negatives of cesarean section

The number of cesarean section births is increasing in general in the northeastern regions of Syria, which negatively affects women’s health in the long term. With the aim of raising the level of health education among them in the Shahba and Jazeera regions, health education teams affiliated with the Kurdish Red Crescent, in coordination with the Women’s Committee, have conducted a series of awareness lectures on the benefits of natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and the negatives of cesarean section and artificial feeding. This also included the distribution of thousands of awareness brochures within camps and villages, as well as medical points affiliated with the Kurdish Red Crescent and villages.

Awareness of the importance of breastfeeding is ongoing

Breastfeeding is one of the best investments to save infants lives, especially in improving health, social, and economic development.
As part of the activities of World Breastfeeding Week in August, the health education team at the Kurdish Red Crescent points in camps in northern and eastern Syria continues to provide guidance and awareness-raising tips to mothers during their visits to those points, including awareness about seasonal diseases such as diarrhea, and distributing brochures to them.
Breast milk is considered the ideal food for infants as it is safe, clean, and contains antibodies that help protect against many common childhood diseases.
Breast milk also provides all the energy and nutrients that the baby needs in the first few months of life, continuing to provide up to more than half of the child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and even a third during the second year of life.

The leishmaniasis pandemic in Tel Temer and its countryside.

The number of leishmaniasis cases in 2022 reached almost 20 thousand cases in Tel Temer and its countryside, and this was caused by the Khabur river being extremely polluted due to the water being cut off by the turkish state, and also because of lack of awareness and knowledge among the local population on how to take protective measures and how to treat the disease.
But thanks to the efforts of the KRC center and the health education team and their house visits that where happening all year long, the pandemic was swiftly and effectively delt with. And last year, KRC made huge efforts to provide medicine and treatment to the patients. However, some patient used herbal alternatives to treat the disease which inevitably made their condition to worsen, and the medical team advices not to use these methods and to come to the leishmaniasis center to recive treatment and medicine if new cases of the disease occured.

Together for well health and clean environment

We, in the Kurdish Red Crescent Organization in northeastern Syria, have been working for several years to develop our projects aimed at the safe disposal of medical waste and expired medicines. Last week, we met with UPP, the Health Authority, the Medical Services Centre and the Municipalities Authority’s Health Committee to develop new plans to improve activities and implement them systematically in the region.
This project aims to preserve public health and the environment in our region, and reduce environmental pollution and the risks facing us. We are proud of our work and hope that this project will lead to our shared goals of improving health and the environment.
We invite you to join us on this important project and spread awareness about the importance of the safe disposal of medical waste and expired medicines. Thank you for your support and cooperation with us

Raising awareness about antibiotic resistance and measles continues in all camps

Our health education team aims to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance In all camps, including Washokani camp, west of the city of Hasakah. According to our team, antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to develop mechanisms that enable them to resist the effects of antibiotics. Therefore, it educates and guides the residents of the camp through continuous visits.
In addition to antibiotic resistance education, our health education team continues to provide advice and education about measles, which is a highly contagious disease, which means that it can be transmitted very easily to others. Measles is caused by a virus in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult.
And about the two diseases, our team provides awareness leaflets after completing its field tour.