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WHO-supported vaccination campaign to immunize 2.8 million children against vaccine-preventable diseases

WHO-supported vaccination campaign to immunize 2.8 million children against vaccine-preventable diseases

22 April 2019, Damascus, Syria ‒ Over the next 6 days, the World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the Syrian Ministry of Health and UNICEF, will conduct a series of national immunization days to immunize children under the age of 5 against vaccine-preventable diseases, including tuberculosis, pertussis, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, measles, mumps and rubella

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Hala contributed to the development of contingency and response plans covering areas such as the evacuations from eastern Aleppo, mass displacement in northeast Syria

Hala Khudari: passion for working in emergencies

8 April 2019 Cairo — “When I see the vast number of people trapped in emergency countries in our Region, including children who are severely malnourished, I am more determined to keep doing whatever I can to help save their lives,” says Hala Khudari, technical officer in the WHO Regional Office's health emergencies programme.


Kawthar defeats tuberculosis: improving access to diagnosis and treatment in rural areas in Syria

27 March 2019, Damascus, Syria ‒ 35-year-old Kawthar is one of the tens of thousands of Syrians who fled intense fighting in Afrin city, north-west Syria last year. She and her family now live in a camp for displaced persons in northern rural Aleppo. In late 2018, a team from the World Health Organization visited the camp to screen people suspected of having tuberculosis (TB). Kawthar was one of several people confirmed as having the disease.

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Aynaa's story: treating severe acute malnutrition in Syria

21 March 2019 – Baby Aynaa was only three months old when she and her mother fled from conflict-torn Deir-ez-Zor to Al-Hol camp in the neighbouring governorate of Al-Hasakeh. They endured a week-long journey in freezing temperatures and driving rain, with little food or water to sustain them. By the time she reached the safety of the camp, Aynaa was severely malnourished and close to death. Her weight had plummeted to 2.7 kgs and she was comatose.

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8 ways WHO supports health in Syria

14 March 2019 - The Syrian crisis is one of the world’s biggest and most complex humanitarian emergencies. 8 years of conflict have taken a huge toll on a health system that was once among the best in the region. Here are 8 things to know about how WHO works in Syria to save lives and support health despite immense challenges.


Unexploded mines pose daily risk for people in northern Syria

7 March 2019 - Um Hassan, from rural Aleppo, was collecting truffles in the countryside to sell in local markets. At the end of a long day of backbreaking work in harsh winter conditions, she and her children climbed into a crowded lorry to begin their journey home. Half-way through their trip, the lorry drove over an unexploded mine. Um Hassan’s 10-year old daughter Lolo was killed instantly and two of her other children were seriously injured.

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WHO concerned over critical health situation in Al-Hol camp, Al-Hasakeh

26 February 2019, Damascus, Syria – WHO-supported medical teams working round the clock at Al-Hol camp to provide health care services to new arrivals from rural Deir–ez-Zor.

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