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.

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06 November 2019

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.

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A UNICEF-supported mobile health worker giving Riyadh, 5 years old, oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Al-Marjeh neighbourhood, Aleppo city, as part of a five-day national immunisation campaign aiming to reach 2.7 million children under five years of age across Syria, including more than 400,000 children across all districts of Aleppo governorate including the city and rural areas.
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Sedra, 4 years old, receiving oral polio vaccine (OPV) provided by a UNICEF-supported mobile health worker in Salheen neighbourhood, east Aleppo city.
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A UNICEF-supported mobile health worker providing one-month-old Omar with oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Salheen neighbourhood, east of Aleppo city, as part of a five-day national immunisation campaign aiming to reach 2.7 million children under five years of age across Syria.
health worker giving vaccine drops to baby
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A UNICEF-supported mobile health worker providing eight-month old Aziza with oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Al-Marjeh neighbourhood, Aleppo city, as part of a five-day national immunisation campaign aiming to reach 2.7 million children under five years of age across Syria.

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.

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One-year old Reemas about to receive oral polio vaccine (OPV) at a UNICEF-supported health centre in Wdeihi village, south rural Aleppo, as part of a five-day national immunisation campaign aiming to reach 2.7 million children under five years of age across Syria.
health worker giving vaccine drops to children
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Najdat, 4 years old, receiving oral polio vaccine (OPV) from a UNICEF-supported mobile health worker in Haddadi village, south rural Aleppo, as part of a five-day national immunisation campaign aiming to reach 2.7 million children under five years of age across Syria.
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Three-year old Khaled receiving oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Al-Marjeh neighbourhood, Aleppo city, as part of a five-day national immunisation campaign aiming to reach 2.7 million children under five years of age across Syria, including more than 400,000 children across all districts of Aleppo governorate including the city and rural areas.

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.

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18-month old Omar receiving a balloon carrying polio awareness messages after having received oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Al-shaar neighbourhood, Aleppo city, as part of a five-day national immunisation campaign aiming to reach 2.7 million children under five years of age across Syria.
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Rawad, 4 years old, after having received oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Al-Shaar neighbourhood, Aleppo city, with his sister Amina both carrying balloons given by UNICEF-supported volunteers with polio awareness messages.