Malnutrition in Syria: The Role of the Independent Doctors Association


The ongoing Syrian crisis has caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history, with millions displaced, injured, or killed. Among the many challenges facing the Syrian population, malnutrition has emerged as a significant health concern, particularly among children under five, pregnant and lactating women, and other vulnerable groups. The conflict has disrupted the country’s food system, leading to food shortages, rising prices, and poor access to essential nutrients. Malnutrition is a complex problem that requires a multifaceted response, and the Independent Doctors Association (IDA) is playing a critical role in addressing this issue.

Malnutrition in Syria: The Role of the Independent Doctors Association

The Independent Doctors Association is a non-profit organization in Syria that provides healthcare services to underserved populations. Since its inception in 2012, the organization has established 25 community health centers and more than eight mobile clinics in NWS Syria.

IDA provides various health services, including primary care, emergency care, and reproductive health services. However, one of its primary focus areas is nutrition, and the organization has implemented several programs to address malnutrition in Syria.

IDA’s nutrition services are designed to address the needs of pregnant and lactating women, children under five, and other vulnerable populations. The organization regularly measures and monitors children’s growth and weight and offers counseling and education on proper nutrition practices. IDA also distributes nutritional supplements, including high-energy biscuits and micronutrient powders, to address essential vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These supplements are necessary for pregnant and lactating women, who require higher nutrient intake to support the growth and development of their babies.

Malnutrition in Syria: The Role of the Independent Doctors Association

In addition to its nutritional services, IDA operates two centers for treating severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
These centers provide specialized care to children with SAM, who require urgent medical attention to prevent long-term health consequences. The centers offer various services, including medical treatment, nutritional rehabilitation, and counseling for parents and caregivers.

One of the critical strengths of IDA’s approach to addressing malnutrition is its focus on community engagement and empowerment. The organization works closely with local communities to raise awareness about proper nutrition’s importance and promote healthy practices. IDA also trains community health workers and volunteers to provide essential nutrition education and to monitor children’s growth and weight. By involving local communities in its programs, IDA can reach more people and create sustainable solutions to the problem of malnutrition in Syria.

Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing conflict in Syria, the Independent Doctors Association has remained committed to providing essential health services to vulnerable populations. Through its nutrition programs, the organization is making a significant impact in addressing malnutrition in Syria. By providing critical services, distributing nutritional supplements, and engaging local communities, IDA is helping to ensure that children and families have access to the resources they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

IDA’s Mobile Clinics

IDA’s Mobile Clinics

A doctor treats a child in a temporary shelter

Mobile clinics are vital in providing medical services to those affected by the earthquake in northwestern Syria.
These clinics are particularly important for those living in shelters, where access to healthcare may be limited.
Independent Doctors Association is one organization that provides mobile medical services in the region, helping to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the earthquake by providing care where they are. Their services include medical consultations, first aid, and other essential medical care.

World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day 2023

Marked each year on 24 March, World Tuberculosis Day gives the occasion to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and to advocate more efforts to eliminate it.

In this regard, the Independent Doctors Association held a symposium introducing the disease in Al-Bab, Syria. 

Ramadan Mubarak from IDA

Ramadan Mubarak from IDA 

On behalf of the Independent Doctors Association, we would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all Muslims on the blessed month of Ramadan. We pray that this Ramadan will be a source of peace, joy, and blessings for all.

Ramadan Mubarek

IDA receives WHO medicines to aid earthquake relief efforts in NW Syria

The Independent Doctors Association (IDA) has recently announced that it has received a shipment of medicines from the World Health Organization (WHO) to help with the earthquake relief efforts in northwestern Syria. The IDA, a partner of the WHO, will be responsible for distributing the medicines to local organizations in the region.

The earthquake, which hit northwestern Syria and Turkey on 06 February 2023, caused widespread damage and left many needing urgent medical assistance. The arrival of the WHO medicines is a welcome development for the IDA, which has worked tirelessly to provide medical aid to those affected by the earthquake.

The WHO’s support for the IDA’s relief efforts in northwestern Syria is part of its ongoing commitment to respond to global humanitarian crises. The organization has been working closely with local partners and health authorities to ensure that those affected by the earthquake receive the necessary medical assistance.

The arrival of the WHO medicines is a much-needed boost for the IDA and other local organizations involved in the earthquake relief efforts in northwestern Syria. With the support of the WHO and other international organizations, the IDA will continue to provide vital medical assistance to those in need in the region.

Doctor’s Dilemma, The family or the Duty!

In the first few hours of the devastating earthquake that hit northwestern Syria on February 6, it was difficult for the doctor – to prioritize their duty to save their family’s injuries or safety.
Dr. Bakri Maaz describes the situation and doctors’ choices amidst the disaster.

One month has passed since the devastating earthquakes.

One month has passed since the devastating earthquakes that targeted northwestern Syria and Turkey.
We provided thousands of afflicted people with health care, nutrition, protection, and shelter services.
The disaster is still going on, and Accompanying a community through all the phases of disaster recovery requires a long-term commitment.
The number of afflicted is enormous; people need food, water, shelter, and medicines.