Responding to questions about the polio work of the World Health Organization in Syria

The ongoing outbreak of polio in Syria is one of the most challenging and visible outbreaks in the history of polio eradication. The paralysis of children by polio throws into sharp relief the damage to the country’s health infrastructure and the impact of that on the health of the Syrian people. When society and order become precarious, health systems break down and people suffer from the effects. Syria has been no exception.

Media reports over the past few months have raised questions about the work of the World Health Organization in Syria, particularly as regards response to the outbreak of polio. The WHO has developed a table intended to answer some of these questions, recognizing the scale of the crisis and the challenge of what is happening in Syria. View the table and learn more about WHO's response on the GPEI website - .