UNICEF with WHO and partners concluded a national routine immunization campaign southern Syria.
Aiming to reach over 400,000 children under the age of five.
Damascus, Syria, 15 December 2020- In November, UNICEF with WHO and partners concluded a national routine immunization campaign, aiming to reach over 400,000 children under the age of five in the southern governorates of Damascus, Dara’a and As-Sweida, including those who had missed out on some or all of their vaccines.
Thanks to generous contributions from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), UNICEF provided the campaign with vaccines and cold chain equipment to ensure their safety.
Prior to the immunization campaign and thanks to funding from Canada, UNICEF supported community outreach health volunteers to conduct door-to-door visits to talk to families about the safety and importance of the vaccines and inform them of the dates of the campaign.
In the southern region, more than 200 fixed health centres took part in the campaign, alongside 30 makeshift immunization points and 26 mobile health teams to include remote and hard-to-reach areas.