In January, UNICEF and WHO supported the vaccination of almost 2.5 million children under five inside Syria against polio as part of the latest immunization campaign led by the Ministry of Health. The current round, running during the first week of February, aims to reach a similar number of children.
In Tartous in north-western Syria, mobile health teams visited the 22 shelters for displaced families in and around the city. They set up temporary clinics as well as going tent-to-tent to reach children with the life-saving vaccines. Children receive a temporary pen mark on their fingernail to indicate they have received their dose. The polio campaign continues at monthly intervals through until May.
The mobile health teams, using supplies obtained by UNICEF with support from USA OFDA, give life-saving primary healthcare services to some of the most vulnerable displaced children in Syria.
Images © UNICEF Syria/2014/David Youngmeyer