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.

UNICEF
20 December 2020

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.

group of female health workers and mother with baby
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Mohammed Alhredeen
Riam, 2, waiting on her grandmother’s lap to be vaccinated by a UNICEF-supported mobile team at a camp for internally displaced families in western Dael, Daraa governorate.
girl carrying medicines and biscuits
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Mohammed Alhredeen
Dunia, 5, catches up on her missed immunizations at a camp for internally displaced families in western Dael, Daraa governorate. Since birth, and due to multiple displacements, Dunia had only received one vaccine.
baby receiving vaccine drops
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Rayan Rahal
Numair, 18 months, receives his routine immunizations at a UNICEF-supported medical center in Masaken Barza neighbourhood in Damascus.
health workers measuring baby's tall
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Rayan Rahal
Omar, 4 months, gets screened for malnutrition before receiving his routine immunizations at a UNICEF-supported medical center in Masaken Barza neighbourhood in Damascus. Omar’s mother also received important information on exclusive breastfeeding and best young child feeding practices.
baby receiving vaccine drops
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Joman Morshed
Layan, 15 months, catches up on her missed vaccines at a UNICEF-supported medical center in As-Sweida city. Layan’s family had been reluctant to vaccinate her due to COVID-19 fears.
baby receiving vaccine
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Joman Morshed
Layan, 15 months, catches up on her missed vaccines at a UNICEF-supported medical center in As-Sweida city. Layan’s family had been reluctant to vaccinate her due to COVID-19 fears.

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.