VoICE Immunization Evidence: Conflict and Humanitarian emergencies

Key Idea

The ongoing conflict in Syria has caused the breakdown of immunization services, leading to outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in the region, and to the re-emergence of polio in Syria for the first time in 15 years. The potential for polio to re-emerge in neighboring areas with low coverage of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) threatens the success of global efforts to eradicate polio.

Lam E., Diaz M., Maina A.G., and Brennan M. 2016. Displaced populations due to humanitarian emergencies and its impact on global eradication and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases. Conflict and Health. 2016; 10:27.

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