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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 27 March 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 Review of the cVDPV2 outbreak in Syria is taking place this week. The review will look at the current epidemiological situation, the quality of immunization and surveillance response as well as the overall progress towards stopping the cVDPV2 transmission.
  • On 17 March 2018, representatives from the Lebanon and Syria Ministries of Health held the first joint cross border coordination meeting focused on acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance. Recommendations were made to ensure close coordination on AFP case detection, with focus on Syrian populations in Lebanon and consistent exchange of information on cross border notified AFP cases.
  • A two day meeting to discuss progress of immunization in Syria in 2017 was held in Amman, Jordan on 21 – 22 March. Representatives from WHO, UNICEF and GAVI discussed all immunization activities and the cVDPV2 outbreak response, including future support opportunities.
  • Four fixed site vaccination centres have been established to ensure internally displaced persons (IDPs) moving from Ghouta receive polio vaccine alongside all other antigens.  A nationwide immunization round aiming to reach more than 2.4 million children aged less than 5 years with bivalent OPV (bOPV) has concluded. 

Syria cVDPV2 outbreak situation report 38, 27 March 2018

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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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