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Thousands of children vaccinated in remote Rukban settlement amid severe lack of access to medical care
UNICEF, UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent reach more than 40,000 people with life-saving supplies in largest-ever humanitarian convoy since the start of the Syria crisis
NEW YORK/DAMASCUS, 15 February 2019 – UNICEF-supported vaccinators were able to immunize thousands of children during a 9-day mission to the remote makeshift settlement in Rukban at the border with Jordan, home to more than 40,000 people – mostly women and children.
The joint UNICEF, UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent mission to Rukban is the largest humanitarian delivery in Syria’s eight-year crisis. Thirty of the convoy’s 118 trucks were loaded with UNICEF’s life-saving supplies for children, including health and nutrition supplies for an estimated 20,000 children and mothers; hygiene kits for more than 40,000 people; recreational kits; and education supplies, including school books, stationery and school bags, for over 8,000 children…