A United Nations polio vaccination campaign in Syria has provided protection to more than 355,000 children under age five in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, where violence has made access especially difficult.
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.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) said they would continue engaging with local partners and health personnel in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor provinces to protect all children from polio.
Both agencies also call on all parties to the conflict to allow vaccinators full access to children in need.