(只有英文)敘利亞偏遠地區超過35.5萬名5歲以下兒童接種小兒麻痺症疫苗

 

(只有英文)敘利亞偏遠地區超過35.5萬名5歲以下兒童接種小兒麻痺症疫苗

On 23 May 2017 in the Syrian Arab Republic, after receiving measles vaccination, four-year old George is being screened for malnutrition at a health centre in Ghassaniya in rural Homs.

UNICEF and WHO supported the Ministry of Health to undertake a nationwide immunization campaign inside Syria this week. The campaign aims to reach 2 million children between the ages of seven months and five years in 12 governorates  in Syria.  UNICEF provided 3 million doses of measles vaccine, 3 million syringes and safety boxes, and supported social mobilization, and awareness raising initiatives through distributing mass communication material.  Over 8,000 vaccinators have been deployed in health centres and through mobile teams providing vaccinations during the five-day campaign, including in temporary shelters housing displaced families like Mabrouka, north-eastern Syria.  Before the current crisis, SyriaÕs immunization coverage was one of the best in the region. Immunization coverage dropped from 80 per cent pre-conflict to 41 per cent in 2015. In some of the contested areas, routine immunization has completely stopped triggering diseases outbreaks including measles.

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DAMASCUS/HONG KONG, 18 August 2017 – UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria. The campaign provided vital protection against the disease to more than 355,000 children under five years old in the Governorates of Deir Ez Zor and Raqqa, where violence has made access especially difficult.

“UNICEF applauds local partners and health workers for their extraordinary efforts and commitment to vaccinate children against this crippling illness,” said Fran Equiza, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “No child should have to live with the devastating effects of polio.”

This is the second polio outbreak to hit Syria since the start of the conflict in 2011. The continued violence has devastated its health infrastructure and severely disrupted routine immunization services, particularly in Deir Ez Zor and Raqqa.

Prior to the crisis, Syria was polio-free, with an immunisation rate over 80 per cent. National vaccination coverage is now just over 40 per cent.

“As of 18 August 2017, 33 children under the age of five have been paralyzed,” said Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria. “The detection of the circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases demonstrates that disease surveillance systems are functional in Syria. Our priority now is to achieve the highest possible polio immunization coverage to stop the circulation of virus.”

To vaccinate every child in need, UNICEF ran an outreach campaign and provided the vaccines and essential cold chain equipment. WHO has trained more than 1,000 field volunteers, transported the vaccines to the conflict-affected area, and funded the implementation of the campaign.UNICEF and WHO will continue engaging with local partners and health personnel in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor Governorates to protect all children from polio. Both agencies call on all parties to the conflict to allow vaccinators full access to children in need.

UNICEF and WHO will continue engaging with local partners and health personnel in Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor Governorates to protect all children from polio. Both agencies call on all parties to the conflict to allow vaccinators full access to children in need.