|MMWR Early Release|
Vol. 63, No. Early Release
July 21, 2014
|Nutritional Status of Women and Child Refugees from Syria — Jordan, April–May 2014|
Oleg O. Bilukha, MD, Douglas Jayasekaran, MS, Ann Burton, MBBS, et al.
An estimated 2.8 million refugees have fled Syria and reside in neighboring countries,
mainly Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq. The largest Syrian refugee camp in the
region is Zaatari camp in Jordan, with approximately 79,000 refugees; another
estimated 500,000 Syrian refugees live in Jordanian cities, towns, and villages.
To assess the nutritional status of women and child Syrian refugees, surveys were
conducted in Zaatari camp and among refugees residing in the host community.
Preliminary findings indicated a high prevalence of anemia in Zaatari camp among
both children and women (48.4% and 44.8%, respectively).Nutritional Status of Women and Child Refugees from Syria — Jordan, April–May 2014