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Situation reports on the polio outbreak in Syria

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Situation update 18 July 2017

  • Twenty-seven (27) cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2) have been confirmed in Syria —26 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 case from Tell Abyad district, Raqqa governorate. This is an increase of 4 cases, since the last situation report dated 12 July. The most recent case (Mayadeen district) had onset of paralysis on 6 June.
  • Monovalent type-2 oral polio vaccine (mOPV2) reached Deir Ez-Zor on 12 July. Vaccines for Raqqa are scheduled for transport this week, by air to Qamishli, then by road to Tell Abyad and Tabqa (Thawra). Immunization rounds for both Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa governorates are expected to commence 22 July.
  • OCHA is in communication with all parties in Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa regarding ceasefire days during campaign implementation. OCHA met with WHO on 16 July to discuss campaign operations.
  • A two-day training workshop on vaccine management and micro-planning for Raqqa field staff was successfully conducted in Damascus. Final micro-plans have been developed by Ministry of Health with the support of WHO and UNICEF.
  • Training of vaccinators and supervisors and distribution of communication materials within Deir Ez-Zor is ongoing.

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

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Global Polio Eradication Initiative

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 2016

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Regional Health Observatory