With World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, UNICEF launched a two-week vaccination campaign against measles. The campaign aims to reach over 260,000 children, aged 5-12 years old, in Homs with the necessary vaccines, focusing on children in hard to reach areas and shelters for internally displaced families.
“The suffering caused by measles can be easily prevented through immunization,” says Dr. Nadia, UNICEF Health and Nutrition Officer in Homs. “The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free. It’s one of the most cost-effective public health interventions available for preventing child mortality,” she adds.
Mohammad, 8, receives his vaccination against measles in Der Ba’lbeh, a newly accessible area in rural Homs.
“I sometimes forget to follow up my children’s vaccination, but UNICEF’s mobile health teams never do. They are always here to provide our children with the vaccines they need,” says Nahida, Mohammad’s mother.
Shahd, 10, receives her vaccination against measles in her school at Hessia industrial zone in Homs. Shahd has been displaced from one place to another since she was 5.
The campaign aims to reach over 260,000 children in Homs with the necessary vaccines, focusing on those in hard to reach areas and shelters for internally displaced families.