Initial reports indicate that a mass vaccination campaign against polio is reaching children in more areas in Syria than previous humanitarian efforts in the war-torn country, according to WHO.
The campaign is the largest-ever in the Middle East, aiming to vaccinate more than 23 million children against polio in Syria and neighboring countries. Local and national health officials supported by UNICEF, WHO, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and other organizations are targeting all children younger than 5 years who are displaced by the war or still living in Syria. Health care workers are providing the vaccine at fixed sites and by going house to house.
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