UNICEF, WHO and partners concluded a national routine immunization campaign in Hama, Syria.

Reaching over 7,000 children with various types of routine vaccines considering precautionary measures against COVID-19. Thanks to contributions from GAVI, (FCDO) and (BHA).

UNICEF
20 December 2020

UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and partners concluded a five-day national routine immunization campaign, during the last week of November, to protect children under five years of age including those who missed out on their vaccination against common childhood illnesses.

In Hama, central Syria, thanks to generous contributions from GAVI, the vaccine alliance, the Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), UNICEF and partners aimed to reach over 7,000 children with various types of routine vaccines, through nearly 1,000 health workers and 77 health mobile teams, in 139 fixed health centres and 18 prefabricated clinics across the governorate. UNICEF-supported health workers and volunteers took necessary precautionary measures against COVID-19, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), ensuring their safety and the safety of their visitors.

girl holding a leaflet
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Najwa, 18 months, waits to receive her routine vaccines at a UNICEF-supported health centre in Al-Eleileyat neighbourhood, Hama city.
group of health workers, women and children in the street
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
UNICEF-supported mobile health workers receiving children coming with their caregivers for routine immunization in Halfaya town, northwestern rural Hama.
baby receiving a vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
“I’m keen on ensuring she is as healthy as her siblings. That’s why we’re here for her vaccination,” says Fatmeh, mother of three-months-old Malak, as she waits for a UNICEF-supported mobile health worker to provide Malak with her routine vaccines in Halfaya town, northwestern rural Hama. Originally from Halfaya, the family fled the violence in their hometown in 2015, seeking shelter in Kafr Nboudeh, further north in rural Hama. Last year Malak’s parents returned home along with Malak’s brother and her other six sisters.
baby receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
“We live far from town that’s mainly why we were late for his first due vaccine,” says six-month-old Abdulrazzak’s mother, while her son receives his first round of routine vaccines by a UNICEF-supported mobile health worker in Halfaya, northwestern rural Hama. “I want to make sure he never misses another vaccine,” she adds. In 2014, the family fled the violence in Halfaya and returned home seven months ago.
baby receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
“We were among the lucky ones,” says four-month-old Haitham’s mother. Despite escalating violence, the family managed to stay home in Hama throughout the long years of conflict. “I’m aware of how important vaccines are to keep my son healthy and protected from various diseases,” she adds.

To raise awareness about the importance and safety of vaccines for children, UNICEF also supported an awareness-raising campaign throughout November through door-to-door visits, informative group sessions with families and community leader as well as in schools, and educational posters, thanks to a generous contribution from the Russian Federation.