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Promoting health through the life course

UN helps Syria's women farmers by treating their livestock

More than a million sheep, goats and cows have been treated for parasites in Syria to help resurrect the country`s war-battered food production and shore up its female farmers, a U.N. agency said. The FAO said it had wrapped up a three-month, anti-parasite campaign, reaching 234,000 farmers in government and rebel-held areas in ten regions, including Homs, Aleppo and Hasakeh. The recipients were mostly women, who are traditionally responsible for livestock in rural Syria and who now make up more than 60 percent of the country`s agricultural workforce

July 14, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Extinguished Epidemics Reappear in Syria

Epidemics are gradually reappearing in Syria as part of a reality that has started to impose itself in zones that are not controlled by the Syrian regime, especially in the northern and eastern regions which have witnessed a series of fights amid the total absence of local and civil authorities. Poliomyelitis is now rampant in Deir ez-Zor, with 58 cases up to the start of June. Displaced Raqqa civilians in nearby camps, especially Tuwayhina, are seeing a resurgence of cholera, leishmania and measles

July 10, 2017
Enab Baladi

WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria

Seventeen children have been paralysed by polio following an outbreak of the disease in Syria that the World Health Organization says is "very serious". Earlier this month, the agency reported two polio cases in the Mayadin area of Deir al-Zour province, much of which is controlled by so-called Islamic State. Fourteen new cases have now been confirmed in the same area, while another was recorded in Raqqa province. It is the first re-emergence of polio in the war-torn country since 2014

June 20, 2017
Reuters, Times of Israel, Stat News, Al Arabiya

Polio outbreak in Syria poses vaccination dilemma for WHO

Vaccinating too few children in Syria against polio because the six-year-old war there makes it difficult to reach them risks causing more cases in the future, the World Health Organization said, posing a dilemma after a recent outbreak. Vaccinating even 50 percent of the estimated 90,000 children aged under 5 in the Mayadin area of Deir al-Zor would probably not be enough to stop the outbreak and might actually sow the seeds for the next outbreak, WHO`s Oliver Rosenbauer said. Immunisation rates need to be closer to 80 percent to have maximum effect and protect a population, he told a briefing

June 9, 2017
June 10, 2017
New Delhi Times

Syrian polio outbreak hits global effort to eradicate virus

A polio outbreak has been confirmed in an area of Syria partly held by Islamic State, the first re-emergence of the virus in Syria since 2014, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the World Health Organization said. The virus was confirmed in stools of two people who had started to become paralysed and those of a healthy child. The discovery is a fresh blow for hopes of eradicating the disease globally - a goal that was set for the year 2000 when the eradication initiative was launched in 1988, but which has been repeatedly pushed back, with billions of dollars spent on trying to snuff out the last remaining pockets of disease

June 8, 2017

Health systems

Syria sanctions indirectly hit children's cancer treatment

Syrian child health specialists are struggling with a critical shortage of specialist drugs to treat their young patients. Local and WHO officials blame western sanctions for severely restricting pharmaceutical imports, even though medical supplies are largely exempt from measures imposed. The result is tumbling life expectancy and soaring deaths in pregnancy and childbirth

March 15, 2017