Syria: EU supports UNICEF and WHO for polio vaccinations

May 3, 2016
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The European Commission announced today that it will provide €3 million in humanitarian funding for a UNICEF and World Health Organisation-led nationwide polio vaccination campaign in Syria. The campaign aims to reach 2 million children in areas where medical access remains critical, such as in besieged, hard-to-reach and under-served areas.
Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management said “Today we are announcing concrete support for Syrian children who are the first to suffer from inadequate access to healthcare”. He warned that“the systematic attacks on medical facilities in Syria and the rising civilian casualties in recent weeks are worsening the humanitarian situation”, urging all parties to the conflict “to cease targeting the civilian population and medical facilities.”
Today’s funding is part of the €445 million in humanitarian aid, announced at the London donors’ conference, that the Commission will provide in 2016 for the crisis in Syria.
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European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection – Syrian crisis factsheet  

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