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22 Oct 2017 description

Key highlights

  • Four (4) new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week— three (3) from Mayadeen district and one (1) from Boukamal district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate.

  • The total number of confirmed cVDPV2 cases is 52.

  • The second immunization round for Raqqa concluded on 13 October.
    According to administrative data, a total of 144,414 children aged 0-59m were vaccinated with mOPV2. The numbers of children reported vaccinated represented 96% of a revised estimated target calculated according to updated micro-plans.

20 Oct 2017 description

The offensive on Raqqa, in northern Syria, which started in June 2017, ended on 17 October when the Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF), supported by the international coalition, took control of the city that had been cleared of fighters from Islamic State (IS) group. The end of the battle to control Raqqa however, doesn’t mean that the war in this part of Syria is over, or that people are no longer suffering.

How did people flee from Raqqa?

20 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Over 588,500 Syrian children were enrolled in temporary education centres (TECs) and Turkish public schools across the country as of end September, representing a 23% increase compared to September 2016.

  • More than 64,500 refugee children received a conditional cash transfer for education (CCTE) payment in September, bringing the total number of children benefitting from the CCTE to over 136,500.

19 Oct 2017 description


  • Up to 7,000 civilians remain trapped in Ar-Raqqa city and face increasingly deteriorating humanitarian conditions and protection concerns. Despite the risks of exposure to mines, snipers and military operations, some civilians have fled. ** The UN is aware of reports – at time of issuing - that the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly taken control of Raqqa city, with the last remaining civilians evacuated over the past few days. The UN is not able to verify first-hand the situation in the city due to lack of access.

19 Oct 2017 description


  • During this week 4 AFP case was reported from Rural Damascus 2 cases, from Damascus one case, and one case from Aleppo.
  • (24) Suspected Measles cases were reported during this week; mostly from Deir-ez-Zor (4) cases, and (3) cases from each of Aleppo, Hama and Dar’a.

Completeness& Timeliness of Reporting

18 Oct 2017 description
infographic REACH Initiative


The Humanitarian Situation Overview in Syria (HSOS) project is a monthly data collection exercise that aims to gather multi-sectoral information about the humanitarian situation inside Syria. The factsheets present information gathered in September 2017 referring to the situation in August 2017.

17 Oct 2017 description


  • Ar Raqqah offensive displaces nearly 268,800 people since April; up to 8,000 people remain in two neighborhoods in city of Ar Raqqah

  • Humanitarian convoys reach city of Dayr az Zawr following SARG military advances into the city in September

  • USG humanitarian assistance to Syria reaches nearly $7.5 billion since start of Syria crisis


17 Oct 2017 description

17 October, 2017, Damascus, Syria – A WHO shipment of health supplies delivered through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to besieged Deir-Ez-Zor governorate in Syria has helped struggling health facilities deliver life-saving health services to thousands of people.

The 14–ton shipment includes medicines for trauma care, treatment of burns, antibiotics; anti-allergens; cardiovascular medicines; and oral rehydration salts. In total, the supplies are sufficient for almost 1800 trauma cases and 260,000 medical treatments.

14 Oct 2017 description

13 OCTOBER 2017 | GENEVA - The World Health Organization has received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syrian Arab Republic that has destroyed the only vaccines cold room in al-Mayadeen district, Deir Ezzor Governorate.

More than 100,000 doses of measles vaccines and 35,000 doses of polio vaccines were stored in these facilities, alongside equipment, syringes, and stocks for all vaccine-preventable childhood diseases.

12 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Likely setback to immunization campaign in area where 48 children have been paralyzed by polio

Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 12 October, 2017 – UNICEF has received reports that ongoing violence in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria has destroyed a UNICEF-supported vaccine cold room in al-Mayadin district, with at least 140,000 doses of vaccines lost, including some planned for the ongoing vaccination drive in the area. UNICEF is currently verifying this alarming report.

11 Oct 2017 description

11 October 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan -- On the first day of the regular session of the 64th Regional Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Regional Director’s annual report for 2016, health emergencies and polio eradication were at the core of the discussions.

11 Oct 2017 description

Key highlights

  • One (1) n case of cVDPV2 was reported this week from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate. The case, a 19-month-old child with no history of polio vaccination, had onset of paralysis on 19 August.

  • The total number of confirmed cVDPV2 cases is 48.

  • The second immunization round for Raqqa commenced 7 October. mOPV2 is being administered to children 0-59 months of age, and IPV to children aged between 2-23 months. Aqua tabs are being provided to families together with vaccination.

11 Oct 2017 description


  • During this week one AFP case was reported from Rural Damascus.
  • (30) Suspected Measles cases were reported during this week; mostly from Deir-ez-Zor (11) cases, and from Quneitra (4) cases.

Completeness& Timeliness of Reporting

  • The overall completeness of reporting was 77%; (881 out of total 1148 EWARS sentinel sites). (14) Governorates have reported this week. Timeliness of reporting is 90%.
04 Oct 2017 description

Key highlights

  • Seven (7) new cases of cVDPV2 have been confirmed this week —5 cases from Mayadeen and 1 from Boukamal districts, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 case from Thawra district (newly infected), Raqqa governorate. Isolates from some cases had been laboratory pending for some time. The most recent case, a child from Boukamal with no history of polio vaccination, had onset of paralysis on 5 August.

  • The total number of cVDPV2 cases is 47.

03 Oct 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund


  • Violence continues to impact civilians across the country although there has been overall reduction of civilian casualties in areas where de-escalation zone agreements have been put in place.

02 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers

August 2017

5.1 million children in need out of 11 million people affected (OCHA, HRP 2017)

3.25 million internally displaced people (IDP)

2.17 million people returned to newly-accessible areas (IOM, Displacement Tracking Matrix, 31 August 2017)

Target population in 2017: