Joint WHO/UNICEF News Release: Major Campaign Launched to Immunize 5.8 Million Iraqi Children Against Polio

NEW YORK (October 24, 2016) – Today, on World Polio Day, the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a weeklong nationwide campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against polio.

Under the slogan “two drops can change a life,” the five-day campaign aims to reach an estimated 5.8 million children below the age of five in Iraq, regardless of previous vaccination status.

Children in War-torn Syria Risk their Lives to Go to School

NEW YORK (October 21, 2016) – With the start of the school year in Syria, over 1.7 million children remain out of school and another 1.3 million are at a risk of dropping out, according to new education data.[1]

Escalating violence, displacement, increased poverty, and an overstretched and under-resourced education system continue to force children out of school, denying them of their right to education.