Dr. Khalaf and Dr. Yousif
Treating cases of severe acute malnutrition is never merely a case of providing food and sustenance. The need for psychological intervention is high, too, because the health of the baby is contingent upon it.
Stressors from the trauma of war or scarcity of food can cause a mother to withdraw psychologically, and in turn, the child becomes apathetic and unwell. The mother's state of mind is then further affected by her child’s withdrawal. This perpetuates the cycle, as the mother withdraws more and the child's health continues to suffer.
The love and support of a great team, as well as the psychosocial support of good friends and family can make all the difference. The Iraqi doctors [with us], Dr. Khalaf and Dr. Yousif, were an asset to the project, showing empathy and compassion towards every patient.