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27 Apr 2018 description

General developments & political & security situation

  • Al-Yarmouk Camp: SAA military operation against ISIL and AL-Nusra presence in South of Damascus has continued for the seventh day following the failure of negotiations to halt fighting and evacuate ISIL fighters and Al-Nusra out of Tadamoun, Al-Yarmouk Camp, Al-Hajar Al-Aswad and Al-Qadam.

24 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

The seven-year long conflict in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on every child across the country. More than 13.1 million people, including 5.3 million children, need urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2018. An estimated 5.6 million people are in acute need due to a convergence of vulnerabilities resulting from displacement, exposure to hostilities, and limited access to basic goods and services.

23 Apr 2018 description

In January, children in Raqqa city received polio vaccines for the first time in two years as families return to the devastated city.

From the front passenger seat of a small utility truck, Mahmoud Al-Sabr hangs out the window, looking for families and any child under five years old to be vaccinated against polio. As the car he travels in dodges rubble and remnants of buildings that once stood tall in Raqqa city, he flicks the ‘on’ switch for his megaphone.

21 Apr 2018 description


  • 6 AFP cases were reported this week; 3 from Lattakia, one from Damascus, one from Homs and one from Tartous.
  • 270 SM cases were detected mostly from Al-Hasakeh 80, and from Ar-Raqqa 108 cases.
  • 30 AJS cases were reported in week 15 from Dar’a governorate, Tafas district.

The Response

19 Apr 2018 description

General developments & political & security situation

  • Syria’s state-run SANA news agency said on Tuesday that a false alarm activated Syria’s anti-aircraft defenses overnight; clarifying that there was no new “foreign” attack on the country.

17 Apr 2018 description


Humanitarian needs remain staggering in terms of scale, severity and complexity:

Against the continued backdrop of high levels of violence and systemic violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL), no amount of humanitarian assistance and protection services can offset the lack of a political solution.

14 Apr 2018 description


  • 2 AFP cases were reported from Aleppo.
  • 280 SM cases were detected mostly from Al-Hassakeh 117, and from Ar-Raqqa 99 cases.
  • Decrease in the number of Typhoid reported cases from Al-Hole camp was noticed this week.

The Response

13 Apr 2018 description


185 Surveillance to track progress towards polio eradication worldwide, 2016–2017

195 Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2018

199 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases,
January-February 2018


185 Surveillance permettant de suivre les progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite à l’échelle mondiale, 2016-2017

12 Apr 2018 description

Key highlights

  • No new cases of cVDPV2 have been reported in 2018. The most recent case (by date of onset of paralysis) is 21 September 2017 from Boukamal district, Deir Ez - Zor governorate. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 74.

  • An independent outbreak response Review of the cVDPV2 outbreak in Syria is taking place this week. The review will look at the current epidemiological situation, the quality of immunization and surveillance response as well as the overall progress towards stopping the cVDPV2 transmission.

12 Apr 2018 description

- Key health shelters of Ghouta response are covered by health sector partners (national authorities, SARC, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, IMC and national NGOs).
- A total of 2 Emergency Health Points, 10 Mobile Health Units, 54 Medical Mobile Teams, 2 PHC centers, 1 Dressing Room, 3 stabilization centers, ambulances are deployed. More are needed.
- Health supplies are being delivered to SARC and MoH to cover the shelters.
- Health supplies are pre-positioned to send with IA convoys inside the remaining parts of besieged area.

12 Apr 2018 description

General developments & political & security situation

  • 6-8 April, renewed and intensive violence was reported in Duma city resulting in many civilian deaths and injuries.
    Reports include sustained airstrikes and shelling on Duma, the killing of civilians, the destruction of civilian infrastructure, and attacks against several health facilities. There has also been shelling on Damascus city, reportedly causing the death of civilians.

10 Apr 2018 description


  • Since the middle of March, a total of 55,817 people displaced from Eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus and the Al-Qadam neighbourhood in Damascus city to north-western Syria and northern rural Aleppo, following agreements between the Government of Syria and the non-state armed groups.

07 Apr 2018 description


  • 2 AFP cases were detected; one AFP case from Hama and one case from Quneitra.
  • 185 SM cases were detected mostly from Ar-Raqqa 114 cases, and from Al-Hassakeh 44 cases.
  • 189 Typhoid cases were reported from Al-Hol Camp in Alhasska.

The Response

05 Apr 2018 description

44,000 People hosted in 8 shelters in Rural Damascus, as of 4 April

50,000 People transported to north-west Syria, as of 4 April

1,197 Patients referred to hospitals in Damascus and north-west Syria from 13 March - 4 April

51 Mobile medical teams supported by WHO in Rural Damascus and north-west Syria

7,600 Average daily health consultations supported by WHO in Rural Damascus shelters each day