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16 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Syria is home to four million of the world’s 1.8 billion young people. Syria’s youth population is on the rise and is estimated to surpass four million soon.

The masses of young people represent a huge opportunity for our country. Yet, in countries like Syria, where a crisis has been going on for years and has substantially destroyed infrastructure, young people face tremendous challenges. Crisis has left behind a cracked education system, hunger and displacement, mountains of lost opportunities, and the list goes on.

16 Aug 2017 description

Key highlights

  • Three (3) new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week from three new districts: 1 case from Deir Ez-Zor district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate; 1 from Boukamal district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate; and 1 from Tadmour district, Homs governorate.

  • Five districts in three governorates are now infected.

08 Aug 2017 description

Key highlights

  • No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 30 (29 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 case from Tell Abyad district, Raqqa governorate).

07 Aug 2017 description

Nutrition sector reached 2,035,241 children and pregnant and lactating women(PLWs) in need from January to June 2017 ,with curative and preventive nutrition services. This includes 947,023 girls and boys under-five and PLW screened for acute under-nutrition, 11,440 Girls and Boys under 5 years and 3,581 PLWs were identified with acute under nutrition and treated.

02 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Basma Ourfali

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 August 2017 – In many cities, the sight of children and parents crowded around a big white truck on a hot summer day is not unfamiliar. Only in conflict-affected eastern Aleppo, it is not an ice cream truck gathering these children, but a UNICEF-supported mobile health clinic.

02 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Andreas Knapp

The scale of destruction and depth of suffering is mind-blowing. It is hard to imagine life in these conditions.

These are the thoughts that hit me as we arrived in the so-called ‘buffer zone’ just outside of besieged Al-Nashabiyeh in east Ghouta, rural Damascus.

01 Aug 2017 description

Key highlights

  • Three (3) new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases is 30 (29 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 case from Tell Abyad district, Raqqa governorate).

  • Poliovirus type-2 (PV2) has been isolated from an additional 6 stool samples collected from acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in Deir Ez-Zor. These samples have been sent to polio reference laboratories for further testing and sequencing.

27 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In Syria, 1.33 million people in 432 hard-to-reach areas and nearly 93,000 others in eight besieged areas received critical UNICEF assistance since January 2017. However, humanitarian access remains extremely challenging in most areas of the country, particularly where conflict is active.

26 Jul 2017 description

Key highlights

  • No new cVDPV2 cases reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 27 (26 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 case from Tell Abyad district, Raqqa governorate).

  • The first mOPV2 vaccination round in Deir Ez-Zor started on 22 July. A total of 59,051 children under the age of five were vaccinated on the first day of the campaign.

  • Given high temperatures, WHO has arranged for local ice-cream factories to assist in the daily freezing of ice packs.

26 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Shushan Mebrahtu

As heavy fighting rages in Raqqa, more than 200,000 people, half of them children, have been forced to flee their homes.

They risk everything to reach safety. Many travel on roads full of landmines, or dodge shelling and snipers. One of their destinations is Ain Issa, 50 kilometres from the front lines in Raqqa city.

19 Jul 2017 description

Summary

New cVDPV2 cases this week: 4

Total number of cVDPV2 cases: 27

Outbreak grade: 3

Index case

Onset of paralysis: 3 March 2017

Location: Mayadeen district, Deir Ez - Zor

Age: 22 months

Vaccination status: 2 OPV doses/zero IPV

Most recent cases: Mayadeen district, Deir Ez - Zor

Onset of paralysis: 6 June 2017

Age: 8 months

Vaccination status: 1 OPV/zero IPV Tell Abyad district, Raqqa

12 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Massoud Hassan and Yasmine Saker

QAMISHLY, Syrian Arab Republic, 11 July 2017 – When 10-year-old Khaled and his family fled their home in Raqqa in the middle of the night two weeks ago, they were seeking safety after living through months of heavy fighting and in constant fear. They had already been displaced on three occasions, each time forced to flee with only the clothes on their backs.

12 Jul 2017 description

Summary

New cVDPV cases this week: 0
Total number of cVDPV cases: 23*
Outbreak grade: 3

Index case

Onset of paralysis: 3 March 2017
Location: Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor
Age: 22 months
Vaccination status: 2 OPV doses
22 nt divergence from Sabin

Most recent case

Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor
Onset of paralysis: 28 May 2017, age: 15 months, vaccination status: 1 OPV/zero IPV 26 nt divergence from Sabin

Extent of outbreak

11 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Dr Rajia Sharhan

Escaping the fighting in Raqqa involves perilous journeys to reach safety. Mothers, fathers and children must be able to dodge the snipers and landmines along the way, then spend weeks running from farm to farm, sleeping in the open before they arrive at a camp where they can at least get access to basic services again. Those who are trapped inside Raqqa city remain in grave danger as heavy fighting continues.

I recently visited two camps that house thousands of families who managed to flee Raqqa. First: Ain Issa, 50 kilometres north of the city.

11 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic, 6 June 2017- My pursuit for education has been a hard and long route. I was in Grade 8 when I was forced to leave school, after fighting started in my village in eastern rural Aleppo. I was depressed but I tried not to lose hope. I continued studying alone at home hoping that I would be able to sit for Grade 9 exams and complete basic education.

06 Jul 2017 description

Summary
New cVDPV cases this week: 2
Total number of cVDPV cases: 24
Outbreak grade: 3

Index case
Onset of paralysis: 3 March 2017
Location: Mayadeen, Deir Ez-Zor
Age: 22 months
Vaccination status: 2 OPV doses
22 nt divergence from Sabin

Most recent cases
Mayadeen district of Deir Ez-Zor
Onset of paralysis: 28 May 2017, age: 15 months, vaccination status: 1 OPV/ zero IPV.

Extent of outbreak
Mayadeen, Raqqa and Tell Abyad districts

06 Jul 2017 description

Summary
New cVDPV cases this week: 5
Total number of cVDPV cases: 22
Outbreak grade: 3

Index case
Onset of paralysis: 3 March 2017
Location: Mayadeen, Deir Ez-Zor
Age: 22 months
Vaccination status: 2 OPV doses
22 nt divergence from Sabin