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23 Jun 2017 description

Highlights
- (8) AFP cases were reported during this week, (5) cases from Al-Mayadeen in Deir-ez-Zor, (3) cases from Homs.
- (106) Suspected Measles cases were reported during this week: from Damascus (17), Rural Damascus (19), Homs (16), Deir-ez-Zor (10), and Lattakia (12).

22 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • Heavy fighting between the SDF and ISIL in ArRaqqa city continued as the SDF made advances in the northwestern and eastern parts of the city.

  • Since early June, an estimated 50,000 people have been displaced in Ar-Raqqa governorate, some for short periods. Of these, 7,655 IDPs have so far been verified by CCCM cluster as remaining displaced for longer periods. The situation continues to be fluid, with new displacements coexisting with rapid return movements to areas taken over by SDF.

22 Jun 2017 description
  • In Syria, 15 new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week, bringing the total number of cVDPV2 cases in the country to 17. Sixteen of the 17 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir-Al-Zour governorate, and one case is from Raqua district, Raqua governorate. All cases had onset of paralysis between 3 March and 23 May.

  • The 14th report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has been published, following the group’s meeting in May.

21 Jun 2017 description

Important lessons on stopping the poliovirus in the most challenging locations are moving the polio eradication programme closer to the finishing line.

In recent years, the global drive to eradicate polio has seen the virus cornered in fewer places than ever before. Yet polio’s final strongholds are some of the most complicated places in the world to deliver vaccination campaigns. Insecurity and conflict are some of the challenges to delivering vaccines, as well as populations on the move, testing terrain and weather, and weak health systems.

16 Jun 2017 description

No new cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 have been confirmed since our last communication on 13 June, though of course disease surveillance is ongoing in Deir Al Zour. Outbreak response is still being planned, but we do not yet have specifics in terms of geographic extent and timing, though it will for sure be in the Deir-ez-Zour governorate, which is the infected area .

16 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

by Lisa Schlein

GENEVA — A Senior United Nations official says intense fighting in Syria and bureaucratic red tape are impeding the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people trapped in besieged areas.

U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland says the United Nations has been unable to deliver food, medicine and other essential items to some 600,000 people in 12 besieged areas for the past 40 days. He says it also is extremely difficult to reach millions of others in so-called hard-to-reach areas.

14 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

• Since 6 June when the SDF announced the launch of its military operations to gain control of Ar-Raqqa city, it has rapidly gained full control over several neighborhoods in the city.

• The offensive started in the semi-urban and urban areas to the east of Ar-Raqqa city during this reporting period triggered serious concerns for the protection of the civilian population, amidst intensification of air operations and shelling and in the expected intensification of urban warfare.

13 Jun 2017 description

A circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak has been confirmed in the Deir Al Zour Governorate of the Syrian Arab Republic. There is evidence of genetic linkage among three isolates of type-2 vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPV2) isolated in the stool specimens of two acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases with dates of onset of paralysis on 5 March and 6 May 2017, and the contact specimen of an AFP case collected on 17 April 2017. Al Mayadeen was also the epi-centre of the wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) outbreak in Syrian Arab Republic in 2013.

09 Jun 2017 description

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen

Two years of intense conflict have exacted a heavy toll on the country’s health system, as well as on water and sanitation services, and we’re entering the peak season for the spread of diarrhoeal diseases in Yemen. The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues to rise, reaching 101 820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June 2017.

09 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • The SDF advances towards Ar-Raqqa city displaced over 169,000 people during the months of April and May across northern Syria. Of which an estimated 100,000 were displaced in May.

08 Jun 2017 description
  • In Syria, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak has been confirmed. The virus strain was isolated from two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and one healthy contact, from Deir-Ez-Zor governorate. See the ‘Syrian Arab Republic’ section below for more information.

08 Jun 2017 description

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 outbreak has been confirmed in Deir-Ez-Zor Governorate

A circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak has been confirmed in the Deir-Ez-Zor Governorate of the Syrian Arab Republic. The virus strain was isolated from two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), with onset of paralysis on 5 March and 6 May, as well as from a healthy child in the same community.