The war in Syria has been terrible because of the violence, but also because of serious side effects that go unnoticed. Since the conflict escalated in 2012, the vast majority of children born in many parts of Syria are unvaccinated. Mass displacements of people mean medical authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been unable to focus their efforts on these activities or have no resources for it. Syrian children are not prepared for a range of preventable diseases such as measles, rubella, tetanus or pneumonia.

In the picture, an MSF nurse in Al Salamah hospital vaccinates one child in the framework of an expanded immunization program (EPI).