Protecting children from polio in Aleppo, Syria
UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO) with the Ministry of Health concluded a five-day national immunization campaign against polio to reach over 400,000 children.
To keep children protected from polio and reach those who might have missed out on their vaccine due to conflict and displacement, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) with the Ministry of Health concluded a five-day national immunization campaign against polio. The campaign aimed to reach 2.7 million children under five years of age across Syria with thanks to generous contributions from the Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), UK Department for International Development (DFID) and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.
In Aleppo, the campaign aimed at reaching over 400,000 children with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) across all districts of the governorate including the city and rural areas, through more than 800 health workers in 60 fixed health centres and over a 100 mobile health teams supported by UNICEF.
UNICEF supported the campaign by providing all vaccines and cold chain equipment to ensure their safety.
Prior to and during the campaign, UNICEF-supported community outreach volunteers went door-to-door raising the awareness of families on polio and routine immunization, as well as optimal infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF). UNICEF-supported health workers and volunteers also held awareness sessions for caregivers, distributed informative messages to children and caregivers and engaged with youth and local community figures.