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31 Dec 2017 description

- (8) Suspected Measles cases were reported during this week in Al-Raqqa governorate (6 in Tabaka, and 2 in Al-Raqqa city).
- Based on the data collected by the outreach teams (Al-Raqqa initiative); an increase in the number of Leishmaniasis cases has been reported in rural Raqqa.

The Response

27 Dec 2017 description

General developments & political & security situation

  • Joint statement by Iran, Russia and Turkey is released on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana 21-22 December 2017

  • The enclave of Beit Jin is the last rebel-held bastion in Western Ghouta. The Syrian Army and its allies began an operation to retake the area two months ago.

26 Dec 2017 description


• In November 2017, five verified incidents of violence against the health care infrastructure were reported, resulting in the deaths of five people

• In November 2017, 616 doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers were trained by Health Cluster partners.

• Health cluster partners vaccinated more than 720 000 children with the oral polio vaccine (OPV) in November.

26 Dec 2017 description

As host to some of the world’s biggest emergencies, the Eastern Mediterranean Region carries the largest burden of people in need of aid, with more than 76 million people directly or indirectly affected by political conflict, environmental threats, and natural disasters.

24 Dec 2017 description
report Save the Children

Key Information

  • According to UNHCR 5,456,108 have fled Syria to surrounding countries in the region. Children make up 47.7% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,602,563 refugee children in the region.

  • To date we have reached 4,228,070 people in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Syria, including approx. 2,774,823 children. (note: our total reach has gone down due to cleaning of data)

22 Dec 2017 description


  • During this week 4 AFP case was reported; 3 cases from Damascus and one case from Hama.

  • (20) Suspected Measles cases were reported during this week; mostly from Damascus 8 cases, Ar-Raqqa 6 cases, Aleppo 3 cases.

21 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • As of 18 December 2017, the UNICEF 2017/18 winter response in Syria and Syrian refugee host countries reached over 630,000 children but remains 58% underfunded (out of US$72 million appeal) and 880,000 children remain in dire need for support.

21 Dec 2017 description

General developments & political & security situation

• The Security Council on 19 December renewed the authorization for United Nations relief agencies and their partners to use routes across conflict lines and border crossings to deliver lifesaving assistance to millions in north-west and southern Syria through Turkey and Jordan.

21 Dec 2017 description

Polio this week as of 20 December 2017

  • New on polioeradication.org: In 2017, global progress and renewed commitment brought us closer than ever to a world without polio.

  • Germany announced additional critically needed funding for polio eradication in Pakistan.

  • Polio eradication remains a top priority for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

21 Dec 2017 description
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UN Security Council Resolution 2165/2191/2258/2332

Resolution 2332 [formerly 2258 (2015), 2165 (2014) and 2191 (2014)] authorizes UN agencies and their partners to use routes across conflict lines and the border crossings at Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa, Al Yarubiyah and Al-Ramtha, to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people in need in Syria. The Government of Syria is notified in advance of each shipment and a UN Monitoring Mechanism oversees and confirms the humanitarian nature of consignments. The first UN shipment from Turkey started on 24 July 2014.

20 Dec 2017 description

Key highlights

  • No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The most recent case (by date of onset) is 21 September 2017 from Boukamal district.

  • The total number of confirmed cVDPV2 cases remains 74.

  • Planning continues for the second phase of the outbreak response. GPEI continues to assist the Syrian Ministry of Health in the planning process.

  • The second phase of the outbreak response will utilize mOPV2 and IPV in two additional immunization rounds through house-to-house and fixed center vaccination.

19 Dec 2017 description


  • The overall humanitarian and protection situation for civilians displaced from Ar-Raqqa city remains of high concern, particularly with regard to explosive hazards contamination, amongst other factors. Surveys and clearance of potentially contaminated areas is required to ensure access for humanitarian partners and create a safe environment that is conducive for safe, voluntary and informed returns.

18 Dec 2017 description

Global progress and renewed commitment brought us closer than ever to a world without polio

15 Dec 2017 description

Polio this week as of 13 December 2017

  • New on polioeradication.org: Technical advisory groups met last week to review progress made to eradicate polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and advise on the way forward to further improve the quality of programme implementation during the low transmission season.

  • In Pakistan, the polio eradication programme and the routine immunization programme are working hand in hand to increase vaccination coverage in urban areas.