UNICEF supports an immunization campaign against polio in Syria
Over 545,000 children under five was reached with lifesaving vaccine, thanks to WHO and partners.
UNICEF, WHO and partners concluded a five-day national immunization campaign against polio, reaching around 545,000 children under the age of five in Damascus and rural Damascus with the lifesaving vaccine. The campaign was carried out through 188 fixes health centres and over 300 mobile health teams in the two governorates.
“We ran to the street as soon as we heard the health workers announce the campaign in the neighbourhood through loudspeakers,”
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 340 community outreach volunteers going door-to-door to talk to families about the safety and importance of the vaccines, as well as the locations and dates of the campaign. Volunteers also held meetings and awareness sessions with community leaders to mobilize support for the campaign.