Humanitarian Health Action

Iraq health news and feature stories

2014

  • 2 September 2014

    Amid ongoing conflict, Iraq completes massive polio campaign for children with support of UNICEF and WHO

    Despite the ongoing conflict, violence and displacement across Iraq, a mass polio immunization campaign succeeded reaching 3.75 out of 4 million children under the age of 5. The five-day campaign 10 - 14 August was organized by Ministry of Health with the support of UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign comes at a time when the number of displaced children continues to increase and approximately 65 000 internally displaced children were vaccinated in the Kurdish Duhok governorate alone.

  • 21 August 2014

    Saudi Arabia's $49 million donation helps to provide health care to Iraqis

    WHO has received about $49 million from Saudi Arabia for its operations to help the people of Iraq. Thousands of Iraqis have been displaced by attacks carried out by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Many of the displaced people have been exposed to harsh conditions without adequate healthcare services. Paul Garwood, WHO spokesperson in Geneva tells Patrick Maigua that the health sector in Iraq was already facing challenges even before the current conflict.

  • 18 August 2014

    Saudi Arabia supports WHO's response to the Iraq crisis

    Erbil - Humanitarian health services in Iraq have received a much-needed boost through a $US 50 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.

  • 12 August 2014

    WHO responds to health challenges facing people trapped on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar

    The World Health Organization is supporting the delivery of urgently needed health services to people affected by insecurity in northern Iraq, including tens of thousands of children, women and men trapped on Sinjar Mountain and many more who have escaped to safer areas.

  • 6 July 2014

    WHO supports health response for internally displaced Iraqis in Dohuk

    The governorate of Dohuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan region has seen its population increase by almost 20% over the past three years, hosting more than half of the country’s Syrian refugees in the country and receiving an additional 200 000 internally displaced Iraqis in June 2014.

  • 5 July 2014

    WHO provides urgently needed health supplies to internally displaced populations in Iraq

  • 27 June 2014

    WHO responds to increasing risk of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases in Iraq

    The current crisis in Iraq presents major challenges for the control of disease outbreaks. As a result of the recent violence and resulting internal displacement of more than 500 000 people to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, there is increased risk of outbreaks due to strains on housing, water supply and sanitation. As the summer season sets in, water insecurity in camps hosting internally displaced persons may also contribute to increased episodes of epidemic diarrhoeal diseases.

  • 21 June 2014

    WHO condemns attacks on health facilities in Iraq

    21 June 2014, Erbil, Iraq – WHO strongly condemns the attacks on health facilities in Iraq and expresses concern about the serious implications of these attacks on medical personnel, patients and health infrastructure.

  • 21 June 2014

    Kurdistan regional government plans measles/polio vaccination campaign

    The Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan region of Iraq and WHO plan to launch a vaccination campaign for measles and polio across the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The emergency campaign, due to be launched on 29 June across the Kurdistan region of Iraq, is in response to the arrival of more than 300 000 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) to the region following the fighting in the Ninewa governorate in northern Iraq.

  • 18 June 2014

    lraq reports critical shortages in medicines

    The Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan region of lraq is reporting critical shortages in medicines and is requesting support from the World Health Organization (WHO) in the provision of urgently needed supplies.

  • 16 June 2014

    WHO responds to deteriorating humanitarian situation in Iraq

    Erbil – WHO is working with local and international partners in Iraq to meet the urgent health needs of populations affected by the ongoing crisis.

  • 7 April 2014

    First mass vaccination campaign starts since polio found in Iraq

    Amman – Polio vaccination campaigns have commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over five days.

  • 16 January 2014

    Briefing on the response to the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries

    WHO delivered a briefing for donors and partners on the health situation and response in the Syrian Arab Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Inputs were provided from countries on the health situation for Syrian refugees in the region including challenges and needs. WHO also identified strategic priorities and needs for 2014

2013

  • June 2013

    Health requirements for neighbouring countries in the Syrian Arab Republic crisis

    The United Nations and its partners have dramatically increased their 2013 humanitarian appeal for the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries to approximately US$4.4 billion. Health requirements in the appeal for neighbouring countries amount to US$242 million, representing 19% of the total. The health aspects of the appeal are restricted to priority life-saving health needs and medicines, and by no means aim to cover all that is needed for comprehensive health care.

2009

Mental health system strengthened in Iraq

28 January 2009 -- IRBIL, IRAQ ¦ Psychosocial and mental health services for people in Iraq with focus on northern governorates are being strengthened through a new project endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Iraqi authorities and funded by The Netherlands.

2008

WHO Resumes Permanent International Presence in Iraq

17 JULY 2008--WHO has upgraded its international status in Iraq and resumed the permanent basing of foreign staff in the country. This move will strengthen WHO's support for the Iraqi government's response to humanitarian crises, healthcare system reform and further reprioritization of its health services.

2003

Iraq needs $325 million for emergency health care

GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN -- The people of Iraq are in urgent need of better health care and their situation is deteriorating by the day. The UN has today appealed for at least $325 million in emergency funds to meet the immediate health, nutrition, water and sanitation needs of the most vulnerable populations. Out of this amount, the World Health Organization urgently appeals for $185 million.

The price of better health: an extra US$ 14 per person per year

MADRID/GENEVA/CAIRO -- As the international community gathers to consider the urgent reconstruction needs of Iraq, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the World Bank will highlight the requirements for better health in Iraq and an effective health system for the Iraqi people.

A simple but ambitious plan: $20 million to jump start the Iraqi Health System

2 May 2003 | GENEVA/BAGHDAD -- The damage done to the Iraqi health system by years of underinvestment, economic sanctions and most acutely by weeks of conflict is clear to see. Now, the World Health Organization is working to assist in the long process of putting the system back on its feet.

Iraq needs $325 million for emergency health care

GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN -- The people of Iraq are in urgent need of better health care and their situation is deteriorating by the day. The UN has today appealed for at least $325 million in emergency funds to meet the immediate health, nutrition, water and sanitation needs of the most vulnerable populations. Out of this amount, the World Health Organization urgently appeals for $185 million.