Posted 15/04/2014 by Wendy Bruere
Polio resurfaced in Syria late last year, and has now been found in Iraq as well, leading to concerns that this could reverse gains in international efforts to eradicate the virus.
A side effect of the conflict in Syria, now running for over three years, is that for many children vaccinations have lapsed. According to the BBC‘Vaccination rates in Syria fell from 91 per cent of children before the war to an estimated 68 per cent in 2012. But those are national figures. In rebel-held... Read more...
TAGS: United Nations, children's health, aid, Middle East, refugees