Health Assistance from ACT Improves the Nutrition of Yemeni Children

A number of toddlers who previously suffered from moderate to acute malnutrition have slowly improved. For approximately a month, they receive health assistance from ACT. Nevertheless, there are still hundreds of Yemeni children who are still severely malnourished.

ACTNews, SANA'A - Aqlan Khalid Abbas’s condition had greatly improved when he visited the Aksi Cepat Tanggap clinic in Sana'a this July. One month earlier, the measuring tape that was encircled on Aqlan's arm showed the sign of yellow to red, a sign that his body was very small and lacking in nutrition. Now, when the doctor re-examines the toddler, his body growth has been far better.

Since last June, Aqlan has regularly checked his health in the clinic which was supported by ACT to improve the nutrition of Yemeni children. The ACT volunteer team in the clinic always gives him nutritious foods and vitamins.

Not only Aqlan, a number of other toddlers have also improved in terms of their development. They include Irej Shirah, Barq Abdullah Al-Thulya, Muhammad Alwaqidi, and Hunain Alatme. The medlines that encircle their arms and other toddlers now show a green line, a sign that their nutritional conditions are improving.

Since last May, ACT has run a free medical service for war-affected communities in Sana'a, located in Hamdan District. The program not only targets children, but also pregnant and lactating mothers.

"The clinic runs for five days a week, starting at eight in the morning until two in the afternoon," Andi Noor Faradiba reported from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT team, Monday (7/29).

According to the data, Faradiba explained, from May to June, a total of 918 patients were treated at the ACT clinic. "In May, out of 339 children who were medically examined, 66 suffered from acute malnutrition, 117 suffered from moderate malnutrition. While in June, there were 75 children under five who were tested for acute malnutrition, and 90 moderately malnourished children," reported Faradiba.

Health cases found in children varied, ranging from intestinal worms, acute inflammation, to lung diseases. Meanwhile, a number of diseases experienced by pregnant and lactating women included chronic mastitis. The Yemeni women also need gynecologist services, and care for pregnant and lactating mothers.

Sana'a is one of the conflict-ridden areas in Yemen. Food sources are scarce and infrastructure were destroyed. In mid-July, ACT also sent a number of food packages to the residents of Sana'a.

The food packages distributed to residents of Sana'a consisted of flour, rice, vegetable oil, sugar, and nuts. "The food packages were distributed to 50 families. The distribution of food packages to Sana'a residents will be carried out again in the next three months,” Faradiba continued. []