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Situation reports on the polio outbreak in Syria

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Vaccinators outside an informal tented settlement in Deir Ez-Zor administering polio vaccine to children, as part of the campaign. Photo: WHO Vaccinators outside an informal tented settlement in Deir Ez-Zor administering polio vaccine to children, as part of the campaign. Photo: WHO

  • Situation update 31 May 2018

  • No new cases of cVDPV2 have been reported in 2018. The most recent case (by date of onset of paralysis) is 21 September 2017 from Boukamal district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 74.
  • An independent outbreak response assessment (OBRA) of the cVDPV2 outbreak in Syria concluded in April. The actions taken to control transmission of the virus in Syria and to document evidence of the sensitivity of surveillance and increasing quality of response SIAs were commended by the review team. 
  • The OBRA team emphasized on close follow up on the implementation of the recommendations and proposed a systematic follow-up during the second half of 2018. A detailed report is being finalized.
  • Internal surveillance reviews in Aleppo and Raqqa governorates and further sensitization of healthcare providers on detecting and reporting AFP cases are underway.
  • IPV vaccination continued in Raqqa governorate in April as part of the outbreak response. A total of 9,257 children aged 2-23 months that were not covered in the February round due to unavailability of skilled vaccination teams were vaccinated in Tell Abyad district.
  • In addition, Raqqa city was accessed for the first time with IPV. A total of 7,215 children aged 2-23 months were vaccinated, representing 95% of the total target. 

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 39, 31 May 2018

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2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 38, 27 March 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 37, 13 March 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 36, 27 February 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 35, 20 February 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 34, 13 February 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 33, 6 February 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 32, 30 January 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 31, 23 January 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 30, 16 January 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 29, 9 January 2018

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 28, 3 January 2018

2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 27, 19 December 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 26, 12 December 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 25, 6 December 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 24, 28 November 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 23, 21 November 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 22, 14 November 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 21, 7 November 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 20, 31 October 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 19, 24 October 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 18, 17 October 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 17, 10 October 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 16, 3 October 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 15, 26 September 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 14, 19 September 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 13, 12 September 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 12, 6 September 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 11, 29 August 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 10, 22 August 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 9, 15 August 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 8, 8 August 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 7, 1 August 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 6, 25 July 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 5, 18 July 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 4, 12 July 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 3, 4 July 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 2, 27 June 2017

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 1, 19 June 2017

News

More than 355 000 children under 5-years old vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria
18 August 2017

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)

22 712

Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure)

4.8

Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)

68

Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population)

0.9

Total life expectancy at birth (years)

64.5

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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