Support For A Vaccination Cease Fire In Syria And For Vaccinations Throughout The Middle East




WHEREAS, after eradicating polio (poliomyelitis) in 1999, civil war has caused immunization levels among the children in Syria to fall from approximately 95% to less than 68% resulting in a polio outbreak in the war-ravaged region, and

WHEREAS, the entire Middle East region, and specifically Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon are at risk of further outbreaks as Syrian refugees pour into neighboring countries currently unable to support the immunization and medical health needs of the refugees much less their own populations, and

WHEREAS, the recent outbreaks have caused a resurgence in the disease after the lowest number of reported cases in history in 2012 at only 223 cases,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports the United Nations, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Save the Children's Fund in seeking support for a "Vaccination Cease Fire" and vaccinations throughout the Middle East so that health workers have access to endangered populations and that all factions guarantee that aid workers do not become targets in their attempts to eradicate this insidious disease; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party encourages our Congressional Delegation and President Barack Obama to take meaningful steps to support these efforts in response to this Middle East health crisis.

Authored by Jeff Koertzen
Co-sponsored by the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, Craig Cheslog (CDP Region 2 Director)



Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 24, 2013








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