The Jewish Health Organization, Toz, of Poland has carried out a statistical medical investigation embracing many thousands of Jewish children, which shows that the number of children needing assistance this year has increased by thirty per cent compared with last year, and sixty per cent since 1931.
The most conservative estimates of the Toz reveals 40,000 children are in need of medical and sanitary help.
As the municipalities continue to cut the amounts of their grants for these purposes, the local Toz committees find themselves unable to cope with the task, and are appealing for assistance from abroad. Preparations for the establishment of summer colonies have already been started, and provision is being made for about 12,000 children.
The Toz central office states that it is receiving appalling reports of the situation of the Jewish population in the provinces, especially the living conditions of the children. Almost the entire Jewish population of Torchin and of Olik, in Volhynia, are on the verge of starvation.
In Sokol, Galicia, most of the school children who have been medically examined look like skeletons, many suffer from tuberculosis and trachoma and skin diseases, and there are hardly any children who have been spared by this year’s epidemics.