UNICEF and partners conclude polio vaccination campaign in Hassakeh, Syria

Thanks to generous contributions from (FCDO), GAVI and (GPEI), over 234,000 children under the age of five reached.

UNICEF
27 October 2020

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, UNICEF, WFP and partners concluded a five-day national immunization campaign, aiming to reach over 234,000 children under the age of five in the governorate of Hassakeh in northeastern Syria, focusing especially on vulnerable children in camps for displaced families and collective shelters.

child receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Masoud Hasen
Around 134 children received their polio vaccines in Nowruz camp as part of the five-day nationwide immunization campaign supported by UNICEF and partners. The camp is home to over 100 families displaced from Ras Al-Ain in late 2019.
child receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Masoud Hasen
Around 134 children received their polio vaccines in Nowruz camp as part of the five-day nationwide immunization campaign supported by UNICEF and partners. The camp is home to over 100 families displaced from Ras Al-Ain in late 2019.
child receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Masoud Hasen
Children receive the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), administered by a UNICEF-supported mobile health team in a school-turned-shelter for displaced families in Hassakeh city, northeastern Syria.
woman holding a child getting finger marked by man
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Masoud Hasen
Around 134 children received their polio vaccines in Nowruz camp as part of the five-day nationwide immunization campaign supported by UNICEF and partners. The camp is home to over 100 families displaced from Ras Al-Ain in late 2019.

Thanks to generous contributions from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), UNICEF provided vaccines and accompanying Vitamin A supplements, as well as necessary cold chain equipment to ensure the safety of the vaccines. Prior to the immunization campaign, UNICEF also supported community outreach volunteers going door-to-door to talk to families about the safety and importance of the vaccines.