The Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations (UOSSM) appeals to WHO and UNICEF for Urgent Mass Immunization Against Measles to Syrian Children

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With the current epidemic of measles sweeping through parts of northern Syria, where at least 7,000 people are affected, UOSSM calls upon WHO and UNICEF to urgently consider administration of a mass immunization program to children inside Syria and in the refugee camps.

Epidemic of measles is sweeping the Northern Syria

An epidemic of measles is sweeping through parts of northern Syria, where at least 7,000 people affected because of the ongoing civil war, Due mainly to the disruption inflicted on vaccination programs, as reported by Doctors Without Borders, in a report published on June 18th -2013. UOSSM calls upon the WHO and the UNICEF to urgently consider administration of mass immunization program to children inside Syria and in the refugee camps.
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/press/release.cfm?id=6820&cat=press-release

Dr Yahia Rahim, a pediatrician and a member in UOSSM & SEO, who visited the liberated areas in Northern Syria , said; “ The number of children infected by measles in Aleppo and its suburb has reached an alarming point. On a daily basis, we’re seeing more than 200 children with measles, and sometimes we're treating cases of measles’s complication like encephalitis and pneumonia.”

Addressing the importance of immediate mass immunization, Dr Rahim said; “ We must act now to protect children affected by the damage inflicted on the vaccination programs in Syria. While measles is highly contagious disease, it is preventable with the appropriate administration of the vaccine. It is imperative to have the medical international organizations like WHO, MSF, and UNICEF involved in the immunization campaign in order to ensure the adherence to the standardized criteria of vaccine storage and handling.”

UOSSM is willing to coordinate with the WHO, UNICEF and MSF to ensure the proper, potent, sterile, and well preserved administration of the vaccine. UOSSM views this immunization campaign as of critical importance and would save thousands of lives.

The UOSSM is coalition of humanitarian, non-governmental, and independent organizations, created following the deadly events in Syria, to provide medical and humanitarian aid to Syrians. UOSSM was established by 14 medical and relief organizations, and includes hundreds of physicians of mainly Syrian origins distributed in the United States, Canada, in Europe and in different Arab countries.

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