One case of polio was confirmed in Iraq, of a six-month child in Baghdad who had not been immunized. With the confirmed 25 cases in Syria, this brings the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 26.
In Jordan, MoH/UNICEF/WHO/UNHCR and partners implemented the third round of national polio vaccination from 2nd–9th March. In Zaatari camp, 18,864 Syrian children aged 0–5 years received two drops of oral polio vaccine. Outside the camp, 1,065,912 children aged 0–5 years received two drops of oral polio vaccine; this includes 138,911 Syrian children. The total number of Syrian children reached by the campaign, both inside and outside the camp, is 157,775.
War wounded: MSF Holland opened a 20-bed facility in Zaatari camp on the 27th of March for convalescence of war wounded from their facility in Ramtha hospital.
This is for non-acute care of those with severe fractures or who need pain management, dressings and physiotherapy. It is open 24 hours and staffed by two doctors and 11 nurses.
Disability: Handicap International staff are now present in the Zaatari registration area, 24 hours a day, with identification and provision of assistive devices (including physical rehab, but only if relevant in reception area). Staff provide advice on how to use devices and referrals to teams inside camp.
Immunization: The MdM clinic in Ramtha is now providing EPI to Syrian refugees, and has reported a high turnout. The service is provided by MdM staff, supervised by MoH who also provide the vaccines on a monthly basis.
On 10–11 March, 16 staff working in the health sector (4 IFH/NHF, 3 MoH, 1 JHAS, 1 JWA, 2 NGOs district, 5 IMC) were trained on the SGBV and child protection SOPs at the IMC office in Irbid.
On 17–18 March, 15 nurses working in Zaatari camp (8 JHAS, 4 MDM, 2 Saudi clinic and 1 from SCJ) were trained on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness by MoH, with technical and financial support from UNICEF.
In preparation for implementation of a reproductive health awareness campaign in Zaatari camp, UNFPA through Y-PEER network conducted a Training of Trainers on sexual and reproductive health issues for IRC, IRD and JHAS, for both male and female trainees of different age groups.