UNICEF, WHO and partners fights COVID-19 in Dara’a, south Syria.
Health workers, community leaders, influencers and doctors have rolled out a vaccination campaign and a door-to-door awareness sessions.
In September this year, UNICEF and The World Health Organization (WHO) with the Department of Health (DoH) have rolled out a vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in Dara’a, south Syria for everyone above 18 years of age, who wish to receive the vaccine. In parallel to the vaccination campaign, UNICEF with partners supported demand generation with a risk communication and community engagement campaign, reaching people with information about the safety of the vaccine and fighting misconceptions.
To encourage people above 18 years of age to approach hospitals and health centres to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with thanks to a generous contribution from Kuwait, more than 100 health workers from the Department of Health (DoH) in Dara’a and 85 health centres across the governorate took part in the campaign. The health workers engaged daily with community leaders, influencers and doctors to get their support on the campaign. Department of Health workers also went on more than 700 house visits, reaching 5,500 people on door-to-door visits, and organized group awareness sessions for over 4,200 women to fight the spread of misinformation and relay accurate information about the safety of the vaccine as well as advise on the whereabouts of vaccination centres. By the end of the campaign, in Dara’a governorate, some 14,000 people received their first jab against COVID-19 and over 800 their second.