UNICEF supported a ten-day community engagement campaign in Dara’a Albalad.
Health workers, local influencers, religious, community leaders and pediatricians were engaged to help support caregivers in recognizing children’s immunization importance
Following a respite in violence in Dara’a, south Syria, in September 2021, UNICEF supported a ten-day community engagement campaign in Dara’a Albalad. The campaign aimed to raise community awareness about the significance of children’s immunization and to increase coverage of routine vaccination among the children, especially those behind on their vaccination schedules.
With thanks to a generous support from Russia, some 6,700 people were reached through the campaign, involving more than 100 UNICEF-supported health workers. As part of the campaign, over 400 local influencers, including religious and community leaders, as well as more than 250 pediatricians were engaged in Dara’a Albalad, to help support caregivers in recognizing children’s immunization as a top priority. UNICEF-supported outreach teams and health workers also conducted some 900 door-to-door visits in locations within Dara’a Albalad, where more focus is needed. To compliment the campaign, weekly group awareness sessions for mother as well as one-on-one sessions for caregivers were conducted at a health centre in Dara’a Albalad, where routine immunization sessions are offered twice a week to cover the needs.