This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/14/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/14/17

Yemen: The situation in Yemen is worsening as the fighting due to the conflict progresses. There is worry over the safety of civilians as many remained trapped in the cross-fire. Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s director for the Near and Middle East, said “Civilians are at risk of paying an even heavier price as the fighting continues. We call on all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

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“My dream is to see Ayham talk” - Syrian family’s disabled son gets support in Turkey

“My dream is to see Ayham talk” - Syrian family’s disabled son gets support in Turkey

Maria Huseyin, 37 and her ten-year-old son Ayham are regular visitors at the Turkish Red Crescent community center in Ankara these days. Huseyin said that the life of her family, made up of her husband, four children and their grandparents, has significantly improved since they first visited the centre after the trauma of leaving Syria.

“We were trapped in the house with my disabled son Ayham,” she explained. 

“After we visited the community centre, my three other children were registered for school with the help of the staff.  We also got a medical certificate for Ayham and he is now being helped by social services.” 

The community centre provides a sanctuary for children and adults who have been forced to flee conflict in Syria. They offer Turkish language lessons, courses like hairdressing and sewing, psychological support and therapy sessions, children’s activities, information about rights and benefits and referrals to health services.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/7/17-2/8/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/7/17-2/8/17

UNESCO: This February 11th 2017 will be known as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day is meant to symbolize a chance or opportunity for women and girls to unite in science. Girls are often held back from various opportunities or careers in science due to stereotypes or restrictions that are social or cultural. This denies the opportunity of girls of reaching their full potential.

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Afghanistan: New children's ward at Mirwais Hospital already over capacity

Afghanistan: New children's ward at Mirwais Hospital already over capacity

The new paediatric ward at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar opened in September 2016. The renovated facility stands proudly in the hospital compound, among trees providing welcome shade from what has been a blisteringly hot summer. Even as the last drop of fresh paint dries, young patients are wheeled from the old ward into the new one.

The old paediatric ward was located in the main structure of the hospital compound, with 93 beds on the second floor of the building. Most of the beds had to be shared by at least two patients. The new paediatric ward is a stand-alone building, with 157 beds spread over three floors. More space means proper isolation areas for children with highly infectious diseases, such as measles, tuberculosis and meningitis. There is also a day-care unit for those suffering from thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder – very frequent in southern Afghanistan – that requires frequent blood transfusions. But the pride of the new ward is the 30-bed neonatal unit, which has 11 incubators, 6 warmer cots and state-of-the-art equipment. Babies, especially those born prematurely, receive top-quality care, while at same time there is space for their mothers to learn to breastfeed and adopt healthy maternal habits.

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