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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
6 April 2013

UNRWA marks World Health Day with drawing competition in Syria

6 April 2013

Despite the difficult and unstable situation in Syria, UNRWA is marking World Health Day with a drawing competition for its school students in the war-torn country. Children aged 6 to 15 got busy with drawings on the theme of diabetes and high blood pressure; part of the Agency’s World Health Day awareness-raising campaign, entitled “Life is sweeter with less sugar”.
Children from eight schools participated in the competition, including displaced refugee children sheltering in the Agency’s Damascus Training Centre and Haifa school, also in the capital city. 
The winners, selected by UNRWA Education and Health programme staff, will receive their awards on World Health Day, Sunday 7th April, at an exhibition of all entries at the Agency’s Damascus Training Centre.
Ten-year-old Khalil al-Sahli, from UNRWA’s Mohammad Nassif school, took first prize for his colourful interpretation of the theme. Second prize went to 12-year-old Zein al-'Abedin Zarzar from UNRWA’s Haifa school, Damascus, for his take on the difference between healthy and fatty foods. Zein’s classmate Humam al-Jahni, 12, took 3rd prize for his painting of a sick and a healthy heart. The fourth and final prize was won by 15-year-old Ala’ al-Khattib, from UNRWA’s Ma’loul school, for his portrait of an overweight smoker.

Winning drawings

1st prize: Khalil al-Sahli, 10, impressed judges with his colourful interpretation of the theme. 


2nd prize: Zein al-'Abedin Zarzar, 12, featuring healthy and fat-rich foods.


3rd prize: Painting of a sick and healthy heart by Humam al-Jahni, 12.


4th prize: Ala’ al-Khattib, 15, drew an overweight smoker.


The event aims to promote awareness about diabetes and high blood pressure among the Palestine refugee community in Syria and among internally-displaced people sheltering in UNRWA facilities across Syria. 
UNRWA’s World Health Day campaign, “Life is sweeter with less sugar”, promotes healthy living among the Palestine refugee community, and supports those who have diabetes to make important changes in their lives. 
The campaign includes advice on how to stay healthy, and workshops teaching children and adults to monitor and control their blood sugar levels. UNRWA is also providing specialized care to those living with the disease. 
As the main provider of primary medical care to Palestine refugees throughout the Middle East, UNRWA is committed to delivering high-quality health programmes to its beneficiaries.
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve the health of Palestine refugees in its five fields of operation, UNRWA is marking this year’s World Health Day with the launch of “Life is Sweeter with Less Sugar”; a diabetes and high blood pressure awareness campaign to improve the detection and treatment of both diseases among community members.
Read more about the “Life is Sweeter with Less Sugar” campaign.

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