Humanitarian Health Action

Iraq health situation


2 September 2014, Erbil, Amman -– Despite the ongoing conflict, violence and displacement across Iraq, a mass polio immunization campaign succeeded in reaching 3.75 out of 4 million children under the age of 5. The five-day campaign was organized by Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO, and was part of the national response to the re-emergence of the poliovirus in Iraq earlier this year. The campaign comes at a time when the number of displaced children continues to increase on a daily basis. Approximately 65 000 internally displaced children were vaccinated in the Kurdish Duhok governorate alone.

Iraq health situation - Saudi Arabia supports WHO's response

20 August 2014 – Humanitarian health services in Iraq have received a much-needed boost through a $US 49 million grant provided by Saudi Arabia to WHO for its response to the health crisis facing millions of people affected by the ongoing conflict in Iraq. The support complements much needed donations from multiple partners to help WHO and our health partners to scale up its response to disease outbreaks, malnutrition, medicine shortages and overburdened hospitals and clinics.

WHO responds to health needs of populations affected by crisis in Iraq

10 July 2014 -- According to a report by the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) published on 4 July, internally displaced persons have now been identified in 17 of 18 governorates in Iraq. WHO is working with local and international partners in Iraq to meet the urgent health needs of populations affected by the ongoing crisis.

Health in Iraq