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WFP, Save the Children bolster nutrition at Syrian refugee camps

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The UN World Food Programme and Save the Children are distributing food at schools and clinics at Syrian refugee camps. The extra food is meant to combat malnutrition.

Jonathan Campbell, WFP’s Emergency Coordinator for Syrian refugees in Jordan says, “As refugee families continue to arrive in Jordan each day, the effects of living for long periods with problems getting food on the local markets in Syria are becoming clearer. WFP wants to make sure that we meet the refugees’ food and nutrition needs so WFP is working with its partners to support the development of a healthy next generation of Syrians.”

At the Zaatri camp in Jordan, WFP and Save the Children are distributing SuperCereal Plus to mothers and children under 5 years of age. This after findings at the camp showed that nearly 5 percent of this vulnerable population were suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.

Manal Wazani, the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Jordan, adds, “Malnutrition is an underlying cause of death of children under the age of five around the world. During the critical period from conception to two years of age - the first 1,000 days of life - chronic malnutrition can have irreversible effects on the mental and physical development of children.”

WFP is also distributing food at schools in Jordan and Iraq to encourage refugee children to attend classes. In Jordan, WFP fed 12,853 students during February with nutritious date bars.

At the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq over 8,000 children are receiving high energy biscuits in school. This number will increase to over 11,000 once more schools are opened.

The extra food being distributed at school helps out families and can keep parents from sending their children to work. The children get the chance to continue an education that could otherwise easily be another casualty of the civil war.

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