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Polio vaccination campaign in Syria (January 7, 2014)

  • Image Diaporama - Number of children vaccinated on the 4th day (...)

    Number of children vaccinated on the 4th day of the campaign, 5 January 2014 (indicative figures, not confirmed by the WHO)

  • Image Diaporama - Number of children requiring vaccination (...)

    Number of children requiring vaccination estimated at 2-2.5 million (Photo : PolioControlTaskForce)

  • Image Diaporama - Six to eight rounds of vaccination are needed (...)

    Six to eight rounds of vaccination are needed for full protection against the disease (Photo : PolioControlTaskForce)

  • Image Diaporama - Oral vaccination of all children under five (...)

    Oral vaccination of all children under five (Photo : PolioControlTaskForce)

  • Image Diaporama - First days of the vaccination campaign in (...)

    First days of the vaccination campaign in northern and eastern Syria (Photo : PolioControlTaskForce)

  • Image Diaporama - Delivery of vaccines to areas not controlled (...)

    Delivery of vaccines to areas not controlled by the Damascus government by 8,500 volunteers, often in difficult conditions (Photo : PolioControlTaskForce)

  • Image Diaporama - Establishment of a cold chain (Photo : (...)

    Establishment of a cold chain (Photo : PolioControlTaskForce)

A polio (poliomyelitis) vaccination campaign began on 2 January 2014 in the seven northern and eastern Governorates of Syria (Al-Hasakah, Deir ez-Zor, Ar-Raqqah, Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia and Hama).

This vaccination campaign is funded by the Polio Control Task Force, within which the Health Team of the Syrian National Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) plays a driving role. It involves various associations, including the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations (UOSSM).

Since the conflict broke out, France has been providing considerable financial and logistical support to Syrian solidarity networks (ACU, local civilian councils, doctors’ networks, etc.) to support populations.


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