UNICEF-supported national immunization campaign in Homs and Hama

In partnership with WHO, reaching over 475,000 children under the age of five, thanks to generous contributions from (FCDO), GAVI and (GPEI)

UNICEF
27 October 2020

UNICEF continues to support children across Syria with essential health services despite COVID-19 challenges. Working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, UNICEF concluded a five-day national immunization campaign against polio, reaching over 475,000 children under the age of five in the governorates of Homs and Hama, including those staying in collective shelters for displaced families.

health worker giving vaccine to child next to woman
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
Thanaa, 4 months, held by her mother after having received her Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at a UNICEF-supported immunization clinic in Alzafaraneh village of Talbiseh, northern rural Homs.
child receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
Jumaa, 2 months, receiving his first Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at a UNICEF-supported prefabricated clinic in Morek town of Suran, northern rural Hama. Following respite in violence in Morek in June, UNICEF’s prefabricated clinic has been the only health centre reaching children in the area with essential health and nutrition services, including those who have returned with their families after years of displacement.
girl receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
Fathiyeh, 5, getting her Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at a UNICEF-supported immunization clinic in Alzafaraneh village of Talbiseh, northern rural Homs, as part of the five-day national immunization campaign supported by UNICEF, WHO and partners.
boy receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
Azhar, 2, getting the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at a UNICEF-supported prefabricated health clinic inside a school in Assawaek neighbourhood, northern rural Hama.
girl in classroom showing mark on her finger
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
Mariyam, 5, showing her marked pinky as an indication that she has received the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) provided by a UNICEF-supported mobile team, visiting her kindergarten in Alzahraa neighbourhood, Homs city, as part of the five-day national immunization campaign supported by UNICEF, WHO and partners.
boy receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
Kathim, 5, receiving his Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) provided by a UNICEF-supported mobile team, visiting his kindergarten in Alzahraa neighbourhood, Homs city.
boy getting mark on his finger
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
Mohammad, 5, getting his little pinky marked as an indication that he has received the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at a UNICEF-supported prefabricated clinic in Morek town of Suran, northern rural Hama.

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 over 100 mobile health teams and 300 fixed health centres in the two governorates with Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) 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 to go door-to-door and talk to families about the safety and the importance of the vaccines.