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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

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.

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
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SITUATION ANALYSIS

  • 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.

03 Oct 2017 description
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SITUATION ANALYSIS

  • 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.

03 Oct 2017 description
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SITUATION ANALYSIS

  • 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.

03 Oct 2017 description
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SITUATION ANALYSIS

  • 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.

03 Oct 2017 description
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SITUATION ANALYSIS

  • 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.

03 Oct 2017 description
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SITUATION ANALYSIS

  • 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.

  • The humanitarian situation has however escalated significantly in the face of military operations in Raqqa City and Deir-ez-Zor.

  • There are still 1.7 million children out of school in Syria and even recently enrolled children are at severe risk from dropping out as they have fallen behind by many months or years.

03 Oct 2017 description
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SITUATION ANALYSIS

  • 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.

29 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

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.

28 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

As the school year kicks off in Syria, children are returning to school in eastern Aleppo with support from UNICEF.

To help children continue their learning and ease the financial burden of sending children to school, UNICEF aims to reach 800,000 children across the country with school bags, stationery and textbooks.

In Aleppo, 1 in 4 schools was destroyed or damaged in the conflict. 1.75 million children continue to be out of school across Syria and another 1.35 million are at risk of dropping out.

27 Sep 2017 description

Key highlights

  • No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 40. All confirmed cases to date have had onset of paralysis before 14 July 2017.

  • Preparation for the second immunization round for Raqqa is ongoing.

  • 110,000 doses of IPV to support campaign activities arrived in Beirut on 20 September; stock is expected to arrive in Damascus on 27 September.

26 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In Syria, violence continues to impact civilians across the country despite an overall reduction of civilian casualties in areas where de-escalation zone agreements are in place. Military operations are further deteriorating the humanitarian situation in Raqqa City and Deir-ez-Zor, with severe food, water, electricity and medical shortages. Protection of vulnerable families and their children remains a key concern.

22 Sep 2017 description
  • During the 72ND UNGA, Education Above All Foundation has announced three new projects in Syria with US UNICEF; Pakistan with UNESCO and Angola with RISE International.

  • Extended partnership with UNICEF USA will reach 95,000 children affected by the Syrian crisis, with co-financing from the Qatar Fund for Development, bringing the total number of children reached by EAA to 1.2 million.

  • Education Above All Foundation is a member of the UNESCO 2030 Steering Committee representing Foundations to enable Sustainable Development Goal 4.

20 Sep 2017 description

Key highlights

  • One new case of cVDPV2 confirmed this week, from Mayadeen district, Deir EzZor governorate. The case, a 9-month-old boy with no polio vaccination history, had onset of paralysis 19 June 2017.

  • The total number of cVDPV2 cases is 40. All confirmed cases to date have had onset of paralysis before 14 July 2017.

  • Preparations for the second Raqqa round continue.

  • Micro-plans are being updated for each of Raqqa’s districts. Pre-round C4D activities have started.

15 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

In a country ravaged by conflict, Syrian children with disabilities face tremendous day-to-day challenges. A UNICEF-supported cash assistance programme is providing much-needed support to their families.

By Monica Awad and Basma Ourfali

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 September 2017 – Bashar is one of 2.8 million Syrian children forced to flee their homes because of the intense violence. For Bashar, life was already tough and being displaced added to his daily challenges.

13 Sep 2017 description

Key highlights

  • No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 39. All confirmed cases to date have had onset of paralysis before 14 July 2017.

  • Final lab results are pending for an additional 4 poliovirus type-2 (PV2) isolates (2 from Mayadeen and 1 from Boukamal districts, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 from Thawra district, Raqqa governorate).

10 Sep 2017 description
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Press Release - Arabic version

One in five children across the Middle East and North Africa needs humanitarian aid

Over 90 per cent are in conflict-affected countries- UNICEF New Analysis

AMMAN, 11 September 2017 – Nearly one in five children across the Middle East and North Africa need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to latest data and analysis. Over 90 per cent of these children live in countries affected by conflict.