Nutrition Health Projects
What is Happening?
According to the statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), there are 795 million people in the world who are suffering from hunger. 1 out of 9 persons in the world is suffering from chronic malnutrition. 780 of the people who are suffering from hunger, nearly all of them are located in the developing countries.
The group with the highest risk of hunger and nutritional disorders are mothers and children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 out of every 7 children under the age of 5 is below the required weight, and 16 thousand children die every day without seeing the age of 5. Approximately, 45% of all child deaths are associated with malnutrition.
What do We do?
Yeryüzü Doktorları establishes nutrition centers in countries whose populations are exposed to the risk of hunger and malnutrition due to drought, poverty or internal disorder. In these nutrition centers patients are examined free of charge, also doctors and nutritional health experts design an average of 3-6 month nutrition programs for mothers and children diagnosed with acute malnutrition.
In addition to that adults and children suffering from other health problems are provided with primary healthcare services and free medicine.
These projects are conducted in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and the health ministries of the aid-receiving countries. While UNICEF and WFP provides nutritional supplies for infants, Yeryüzü Doktorları covers staff salaries, medicine, supplies and administrative expenses.
As of now, Yeryüzü Doktorları has established 4 nutrition centers in Yemen, 3 in Somalia and 1 in Niger, and has conducted 60,586 medical examinations and carried out 9,800 acute malnutrition treatment sessions in Somalia and Niger. Four nutrition centers in Yemen conduct around 5,200 medical examinations and carry out 260 acute malnutrition treatment sessions per month. Currently getting launched, our nutrition center in Eastern Gouta of Syria aims to help 500 mothers, 1000 babies (0-2 years) and 100 children (3-5 years).
In July 2011, a severe drought, referred to as the Horn of Africa Crisis, hit the entire region of East Africa, affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, and caused around 13 million people to suffer from hunger and malnutrition. More than 2 million of them were located in Somalia alone.
Yeryüzü Doktorları responded to this crisis by opening three nutrition centers between 2011 and 2012 in the regions of Lafole, Hodan and Yaqshid in Somalia, where we provided necessary healthcare services for over a year. During those years, the centers ran 47,576 medical examinations and carried out 8,112 acute malnutrition treatment sessions.
According to the World Food Programme, Niger ranks last on the United Nations human development index. Its 2015 report shows that 15 out of every 100 children in Niger suffer from acute malnutrition, which most often leads to the death of those 5 years old and younger.
As a result of needs analysis studies conducted in 2012, Yeryüzü Doktorları started to provide nutrition and other healthcare services through its center in the region of Koria Haoussa. The nutrition center operated for 15 months and provided 12,160 medical examinations and treated 1,611 children suffering from acute malnutrition.
Yemen is facing a major humanitarian crisis as a result of the internal turmoil that emerged in 2015. According to the World Food Programme report, more than 4 million people including 2,100 million children in the country of 27,400 million suffer from malnutrition in Yemen.
Yeryüzü Doktorları has four nutrition health centers working in the neighborhoods of al-Sheikh, Dar Sad, al-Mulla and al-Borika in Aden, Yemen. Free nutritional healthcare is provided at the centers, primarily for mothers and children.
According to the report published by OCHA in 2016, More than five and a half million people in Syria are trying to survive under siege. In particular, the 590 thousand people trapped in cities such as Deir Ez-Zor, Kafraya and East Ghouta cannot access humanitarian aid, medical treatment and basic services they need. In these areas, dozens of people waiting to be evacuated have been killed during the war and tens of people died of hunger.
During the year 2017, a program was initiated to provide food support to 2500 mothers, infants and children in order to support people in the East Ghouta where 420 thousand people live under siege. In addition, in this region, for 6 months, under the supervision of experts, regular nutrition support shall be provided to nursing or pregnant mothers, 0-2 year-old babies and children between 3-5 years.
What can you do?
With little donations, you can lead to great changes in the lives of people you don’t know at all. Because all the support to date have been made with the strength we gained from your goodness.