Iraq health news and feature stories
13 June 2017
Iraq: WHO and health authorities immediately investigate suspected cases of foodborne illness in Hassan Sham U2 camp
The World Health Organization, in coordination with Erbil and Ninewa Directorates of Health, rapidly responded to a suspected foodborne illness outbreak in Hassan Sham U2 camp by conducting an investigation with the aim of identifying the source and cause of the outbreak, treating those who are ill as well as containing and preventing any spread.
31 May 2017
Iraq: WHO and UNFPA scale up trauma and emergency obstetric response capacity to safeguard lives of newly displaced families from west Mosul
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are extremely concerned about the health conditions of about 180 000 men, women and children who are reportedly still trapped inside west Mosul’s old city where access to health care services has been limited.
7 May 2017
Iraq: Separated by conflict but reunited: health care in action
Thousands of people have been seriously wounded as a result of the conflict in Mosul, with many patients facing permanent disability as a result of their injuries. To date, more than 8000 people, many of them civilians including women and children, have received treatment in hospitals for trauma injuries since west Mosul operations began. For some, these injuries are life-changing.
27 April 2017
Iraq: Trauma field hospital in Hammam Al-Alil goes 24/7
Hamam Al-Alil Field Hospital, the second in a chain of trauma field hospitals, has opened its doors to treat casualties from west Mosul as part of a joint initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO), Federal Ministry of Health, Ninewa Department of Health, and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
24 April 2017
Iraq: As trauma needs escalate in west Mosul more ambulances are deployed
The demand for emergency referral services in west Mosul continues daily. More than 1900 trauma cases from west Mosul have received medical care in hospitals in Ninewa and neighbouring governorates. As military operations reach the densely populated parts of Mosul city, health partners anticipate a significant increase in the number of war-related casualties. Ensuring timely referrals and transport from the frontlines to trauma stabilization points and field hospitals is critical to saving civilian lives. Ambulances provide a 24/7 response to medical and trauma-related emergencies, while lessening the travel hours spent by patients on the roads.
7 April 2017
Iraq: WHO boosts emergency lifesaving care for civilians severely injured in west Mosul, thanks to €10 million additional EU support
As operations in west Mosul intensify, a desperate need to scale up the continuum of trauma care for injured people increases. To date, since the start of the campaign in Mosul late last year, more than 6000 patients have been referred to hospitals in Mosul and neighbouring governorates. To further boost all levels of trauma care, the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) has committed additional €10 million to the World Health Organization (WHO).
29 March 2017
Iraq: Within hours of opening its doors, Athbah trauma field hospital treats casualties from west Mosul
With medical capacities to treat severely wounded people significantly reduced due to conflict and coupled with the increased trend of traumatic injuries among civilians, the World Health Organization, the Federal Ministry of Health and Ninewa Department of Health has opened a trauma field hospital in Athba.
20 March 2017
Iraq: Fifteen ambulances airlifted into Iraq to serve trauma needs in Mosul
The World Health Organization with logistic support from the World Food Programme, airlifted 15 fully equipped ambulances to Iraq in order to strengthen the response to the increasing trauma and medical related emergencies in west Mosul. These ambulances will enhance trauma care at the frontlines and ensure timely referral to field hospitals.
19 March 2017
Iraq: WHO scales up disease surveillance reporting in East Mosul and Hamdaniya districts
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) are scaling up disease surveillance activities in newly accessible areas of Ninewa governorate, Iraq, to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks. As a result of acute shortages of safe water, sanitation services, food, and electricity in East Mosul and Hamdaniya districts, current humanitarian conditions pose a high risk of communicable diseases among displaced persons, returnees, and host communities.
15 March 2017
Iraq: WHO and partners re-open Qayyara Hospital in Mosul with support from ECHO
Five months after Al-Qayyara Hospital in Mosul was forced to close down due to extensive damages, the facility has been re-opened to provide trauma care and obstetric services to populations affected by the ongoing conflict. The hospital, which re-opened on 7 March, will respond to increasing health needs of people fleeing their homes in West Mosul, as military operations to retake the city continue.
5 March 2017
Iraq kicks off March nationwide polio campaign to sustain population immunity gains
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, in coordination with the Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health of Kurdistan Region, today launched the country’s second and last national polio campaign for 2017.
28 February 2017
WHO steps up medical preparations in response to west Mosul operations
As military operations in west Mosul, Iraq, begin, the World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up its response in support of the Ministry of Health to meet the urgent health needs of 750 000 west Mosul residents who are expected to require trauma care and basic health services. Additional trauma stabilization points, field hospitals, and primary health care centres are being established. Medicines and medical supplies have been propositioned in Erbil, Duhok and Ninewa governorates. Additional ambulances and mobile medical clinics are on route to frontline areas to support services by local health authorities in camps and newly accessible areas.
15 February 2017
Urgent routine immunization services to resume in Ninewa
After over 2 years of suspended routine immunization activities in Mosul and the surrounding districts, the World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, have trained 30 vaccinators from the recently taken areas in east Mosul and Salahuddin to help revitalize routine immunization services.
15 February 2017
Urgently needed medicines and medical supplies delivered to east Mosul
The World Health Organization (WHO) has responded to an acute shortage of medical supplies in the newly retaken areas of Mosul by delivering medicines and other medical supplies to 16 primary health centers, one hospital and the Directorate of Health (DOH) in Ninewa. The donation will support treatment of patients with infectious diseases, chronic conditions, diarrheal diseases and trauma cases who have been deprived of medical care.
27 January 2017
WHO scales up response to critical trauma needs as plans for West Mosul operations intensify
The Government of France through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has swiftly responded to the appeal of WHO and the Ministry of Health, Iraq for urgent medicines and medical supplies used to manage the overwhelming number of casualty caseloads coming from East Mosul. The supplies consist of 20 surgical kits sufficient to conduct 2000 surgical procedures, half of which will go to each of the two hospitals. It also contains lifesaving medicines sufficient to serve the needs of 12 000 patients.
25 January 2017
Efforts ongoing to provide trauma care to people in need in Mosul, Iraq
As the conflict in Mosul intensifies and greater numbers of civilians are caught in the crossfire, WHO and partners have increased trauma care services to ensure that patients requiring medical care for injuries have a greater chance of survival. However, additional funds are needed in order to provide a full scale of health services to the 2.7 million people affected.
24 January 2017
UN, partners voice deep concern about 750,000 civilians as battle expands to western Mosul
A hundred days after the start of military operations to retake Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) militants, humanitarian partners are expressing deep concern about the plight of the estimated 750,000 civilians who are currently living in the western sections of the city where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks.
23 January 2017
Trauma care now available in Bartalla
Within 96 hours of opening its doors Bartalla Field hospital received 45 critical trauma patients. The field hospital run by Samaritan’s Purse is supported by WHO through funds from the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance USAID/OFDA.
5 January 2017
WHO’s response to trauma cases saves hundreds of lives in Iraq
Since 17 October 2016, WHO has supported the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government with emergency lifesaving health services, including emergency medicines and other medical supplies like trauma and surgery kits. These supplies are meant to support the increasing number of trauma cases received at trauma stabilization points and en route to the final points of performing surgery.
3 January 2017
WHO and health authorities expand health services for IDPs in Hasansham camp
The World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the federal and regional Ministries of Health, has expanded the provision of health services in Hasansham internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp through a 24/7 static primary health care centre. The centre was officially inaugurated on Thursday 28 December 2016 by the Federal Minister of Health Dr Adela Hammoud and the Kurdistan Regional Minister of Health Dr Rekwat Hama Rasheed.
29 December 2016
Iraq: Health workers struggle to cope with the growing number of internally displaced people in Qayyarah
Health workers in camps hosting internally displaced persons in Qayyarah, south of Mosul, are struggling to cope with the growing numbers of patients seeking health services. Dr Saleh Mohammed is a medical doctor working in a primary health care centre in Jaddaa camp, which serves a total population of more than 11 000 people. He treats an average of 150 patients every day. According to Dr Saleh, the 2 leading causes of disease among internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Jaddaa camp are acute respiratory tract infections and urinary tract infections. Other conditions include scabies and leishmaniasis.
29 December 2016
Iraq: Internally displaced health workers support services for IDPs in Kirkuk
Nine-year old Heba fled Hawija district in Kirkuk, Iraq, with her parents and 3 brothers almost 2 months ago and has been living in Daquq camp in Kirkuk since. “We lived under ISIL for more than 2 years,” said Heba’s mother. “We left because there was no food left to buy but bread. We were hungry, and we were scared for our lives from the constant airstrikes.”
12 December 2016
Iraq: WHO welcomes US$ 5 million from Kuwait to provide life-saving health services to people in Mosul
WHO welcomes the generous support of the State of Kuwait through a US$ 5 million donation to help people in the city of Mosul obtain greater medical assistance, particularly the most vulnerable — women, children, the injured and people with special needs. “We want to help ease the suffering of people living in Mosul, where too many people are in urgent need of health care,” said Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim. “We will continue working with WHO to help people in places where the need is greatest.”
29 November 2016
Iraq: Health needs of displaced, injured from Mosul increasing
More than 73 000 people from Mosul and neighbouring areas in Iraq have been displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict since 17 October. The majority of those displaced are currently hosted in Ninewa governorate, where health services are overwhelmed.
23 November 2016
Iraq: WHO scales up trauma care services for injured people from Mosul
Erbil, Iraq – As military operations into Mosul continue, WHO is working with national health authorities to ensure that people with war-related trauma injuries have access to live-saving medical care. WHO anticipates that approximately 40 000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of Mosul military operations.
17 November 2016
Joint statement on one month of military operations to retake Mosul
Today marks one month of intensified military operations to retake the city of Mosul. With tens of thousands of families in newly retaken areas urgently requiring life-saving assistance, the humanitarian community in Iraq faces a massive scope of need. These latest developments further exacerbate a humanitarian crisis in a country where 10 million people already were in need of aid.
13 November 2016
Iraq: Delivering health care in newly liberated areas: WHO mobile medical clinics reach people in need
As more areas in and around Mosul become accessible, WHO mobile medical clinics provide vulnerable communities with urgently needed health care. In some cases, these mobile clinics are the first health responders to arrive on the scene. Five days after Tlol Nasir village, located south of Mosul village was liberated, a WHO mobile medical clinic was the first health provider to arrive to the village.
9 November 2016
Iraq: Civilians caught in the cross-fire: WHO supports trauma care services for people in and around Mosul
The stories of civilians caught in the cross-fire in and around Mosul are heartbreaking and horrific. WHO is ensuring that life-saving health services are available to injured people, supporting the tireless work of the Erbil Directorate of Health to provide emergency medical care to all those who need it.
6 November 2016
Iraq: WHO establishes rapid response teams to safeguard the health of newly displaced people from Mosul
In light of increasing risks of disease epidemics and life-threatening health conditions among displaced populations from Mosul, WHO has established 82 rapid response teams to provide life-saving health services and respond to public health threats. A total of 11 response teams for outbreaks detection and epidemics control, 39 response teams for the management of exposure to chemical agents and 32 vaccination teams are currently positioned in Ninewa, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Dahuk and Erbil governorates. Trained and supported by WHO, these teams will be deployed by directorates of health to screening sites, camps, and other areas hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs).
26 October 2016
WHO and partners gear up to safeguard lives of displaced persons fleeing Mosul
The World Health Organization, together with national health authorities and health cluster partners, have accelerated preparedness and response measures for internally displaced persons from Mosul by prepositioning 46 mobile medical clinics, 45 mobile health teams and 26 ambulances in a number of prioritized areas around the country. Life-saving medicines and supplies for more than 350 000 beneficiaries have also been prepositioned, including chronic disease medicines, diarrhoeal disease medicines, and trauma and surgical supplies. Additional essential medicines are being delivered from WHO’s logistics hub in Dubai, and are also being procured locally.
5 September 2016
Health Cluster meets in Salah al-Din governorate to map the emergency health response to the anticipated influx from Mosul
In light of the unfolding humanitarian situation in Salah al-Din governorate and the expected influx of internally displaced persons from Mosul with the start of military operations there, WHO held the first Health Cluster meeting at Salah al-Din Directorate of Health in Tikrit, capital of the governorate. The aim was to discuss ways to strengthen the coordination mechanism between the health partners working in the governorate and their response to the urgent health needs of internally displaced persons in Beji and Sharqat districts.
21 August 2016
Developing mental health and psychosocial services for internally displaced persons
The ongoing crisis in Iraq has led to millions of internally displaced persons. Their needs are wide-ranging and include basic shelter, security, water, food and health care. The prevalence and relapse rates of mental, neurological and substance use disorders increase in complex emergencies.
21 August 2016
Launching national standards for accreditation of medical colleges
WHO is committed to health workforce development in Iraq and the region as a key priority, and to support capacity and human capital to strengthen health systems and realize universal health coverage.
2 August 2016
With the support of partners, WHO opens second PHC centre in Ashti camp, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
WHO officially opened a new primary health care (PHC) centre in Ashti internally displaced person (IDP) camp in Sulayaniyah, Iraq. The facility will be run by Emergency International, a WHO-implementing partner using the generous financial contribution provided by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and European Union Humanitarian Aid.
16 June 2016
Improving lives and health in Qushtapa refugee camp, Iraq
BAGHDAD -- Beginning of Ramadan. In the dry heat of the morning, the streets are deserted except in front of Qushtapa refugee camp primary health centre. Several people are sitting on benches in front of the facility, some are staring blankly. A doctor appears at the doorway of the centre and gesticulates to patients whose faces light up at the knowledge that here they will be treated well and receive the care that they need.
16 June 2016
WHO expresses concern over disease outbreaks in its response to Fallujah crisis
BAGHDAD -- WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan arrived in Baghdad yesterday to review firsthand WHO’s response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Fallujah city, where more than 42 000 Iraqis have been displaced since the beginning of the military operations in the city in May 2016. Tens of thousands of besieged and displaced men, women, children and older people face major health risks as they lack adequate access to health services.
6 June 2016
“We came with nothing, we have nothing”: thousands flee Fallujah as fighting intensifies
BAGHDAD -- The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah. On 5 June, UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) travelled to a series of camps established to receive people escaping the violence. In the past 10 days, approximately 10 000 people have come to these camps to seek safety and services. An estimated 50 000 people remain trapped in the city as the military offensive continues.
23 March 2016
Iraq's 2015 response to cholera outbreak minimizes future risk
Baghdad, Iraq – After the declaration of a cholera epidemic in Iraq in September 2015, and in anticipation of a potential new outbreak, WHO, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of Iraq, jointly with water and sanitation and health cluster partners held a consultation today to review lessons learnt and best practices from the successful 2015 response to the outbreak. Consultations such as these will help guide cholera contingency plans for 2016 and beyond.
13 March 2016
Mobile medical clinics connect patients to health care in camps in Iraq
Amira, aged 5, from Ramadi City, Iraq, is one of the tens of thousands refugees and migrants in need of health care. The arrival of a mobile primary health care clinic is giving her a reason to smile. “I was sick and I was afraid of what could happen to me. The mobile clinic staff provided me with a sense of protection. I now have the strength to help my family, think about my future and I sure can’t wait to go back to school,” she said.
10 February 2016
Iraq: WHO and Ministry of Health endorse joint action to meet health needs and challenges
Baghdad, Iraq -- WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan is meeting senior health officials from the Ministry of Health in Baghdad and local and international health partners to discuss a number of emerging health needs and challenges in the country. The Regional Director and Her Excellency the Minister of Health Dr Adila Hammoud have discussed and endorsed a joint WHO/Ministry of Health biennial cooperation plan for 2016–2017.
20 January 2016
New delivery rooms in camps for the internally displaced save the lives of mothers and babies
Every mother wants the birth of their child to be a positive and joyful memory but current crises have hampered the access of most women to delivery rooms in Al-Habanyia tourist city and Al-Khaldia district in Ramadi City. To increase access to services and to provide every mother with the opportunity of a healthy start for her newborn child, Al-Anbar Department of Health, WHO and the United Nations Population Fund have established 2 delivery rooms in these 2 districts. The facilities are providing reproductive health care services to women of childbearing age and will ensure that 5150 internally displaced families in Al-Habanyia tourist city and 12 000 families in Al-Khaldia district have access to such services.
12 November 2015
Iraq completes round one of oral cholera vaccination campaign
This week, the Government of Iraq, with the support of WHO and UNICEF, completed the first round of the oral cholera vaccination campaign. The campaign has vaccinated 91% of the targeted population the targeted 255 000 Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqis across 62 refugee and IDP camps in 13 governorates. The turnout was very high with no refusals or concerns raised regarding the vaccine. A second round will begin in December to administer a second dose to ensure protection against cholera for 5 years or more.
4 November 2015
Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated due to severe dehydration. An oral cholera vaccine campaign in Iraq, consisting of 2 rounds of vaccines, is a key measure to help contain and control the outbreak. The Iraq government campaign, supported by WHO and UNICEF, reached over 232 000 displaced people above 1 year of age who were defined as high risk groups, based on a public health risk assessment in 62 camps for refugees and internally displaced persons. Of Iraq’s 18 governorates, 17 have reported laboratory confirmed cases. This campaign is part of the cholera response strategy to prevent the further spread of the disease in high-risk areas and to avert a potentially large-scale cholera outbreak in the country’s more vulnerable camps.
27 October 2015
ECHO increases support to health programmes in Iraq providing life-saving care to hundreds of thousands of people affected by the conflict
Life-saving health programmes in Iraq have been given a cash lifeline allowing them to provide critical care to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis affected by the conflict in the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Salah El-Din and Baghdad.
4 August 2015
Health services shut down as funding shortfall cripples humanitarian operations in Iraq
A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84% of health programmes supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving almost 3 million people without access to urgently needed heath care services.
19 June 2015
The 20th of June is World Refugee Day; a time to reflect on the challenges facing the more than 60 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict and other disasters. This includes Hayat Yasin, a 75-year-old grandmother from Iraq. Mrs Yasin was forced to flee her home when violence erupted in her home town in the Sinjar Mountains. She also has high blood pressure.
4 June 2015
Keynote address at a high-level event to launch the new humanitarian response plan for Iraq 4 June 2015 by the Director-General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chang
27 May 2015
Urgent funding needed to prevent imminent closure of health care projects in Iraq
If urgently needed funds are not secured by the end of June 2015, more than 84% of health care projects serving populations in need in Iraq will be forced to close. If this happens, more than 3 million refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities will not have access to the treatment and care that these projects provide.
26 May 2015
WHO and UNICEF launch vaccination campaign to keep Iraq polio free
Baghdad | Erbil -- A mass polio vaccination campaign, aiming to target 5.7 million children under the age of 5, began in Iraq on 24 May. The campaign will be conducted in all governorates to maintain the country's polio-free status. The last case of polio was reported on 7 April 2014; a 34-month-old girl from the Rasafa district of Baghdad.
24 May 2015
WHO support to internally displaced people in Anbar, Iraq
As the exodus of thousands of families from Anbar to Baghdad and different parts of the country continues, a new life began when on the morning of 19 May, a 25-year-old internally displaced woman from Ramadi City gave birth to a healthy baby at Bzebiz Bridge, the crossing point between Anbar and Baghdad. While both mother and baby were fine, the incident highlighted the plight of the approximately 25 000 people displaced from their homes in Ramadi, who in the search for an area offering safe refuge, are unable to access essential health services.
21 May 2015
WHO Regional Director calls for respect and safety for health care workers and facilities
In a speech at a side meeting "A tribute to health workers" at the World Health Assembly, Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, called for respect and safety for health care workers and facilities and paid tribute to the invaluable, and often dangerous work, health and aid workers undertake. He began by paying tribute to the hundreds of health care workers in West Africa, who on the frontline in the battle against Ebola, had contracted the disease. Many had died while helping to save the lives of others.
3 March 2015
At almost one year polio free, Iraq continues national polio vaccination campaigns
A national polio vaccination campaign commenced in Iraq on 22 February 2015 aiming to reach 5.9 million children under five years old regardless of their previous vaccination status. In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, children from 9 months to 5 years will also be given a measles vaccine, in addition to the oral polio vaccine.
7 Februay 2015
Mobile clinics bring health services to communities in need
In December, 2014, WHO handed over 12 mobile medical clinics to the Federal Ministry of Health of Iraq and the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan region to support the provision of primary health care services in under served areas housing populations in need. Funding for the clinics was provided by Saudi Arabia. The project forms part of WHO's broader objective of providing a timely basic package of primary and secondary health care services, including reproductive and mental health services, care for people with physical disabilities and patients with chronic diseases, and nutrition services.
22 January 2015
WHO provides support to hearing impaired children in Iraq
WHO and the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan Regional Government have provided cochlear implants to 20 internally displaced and refugee children in Iraq between the ages of 1 and 6.
WHO delivers emergency health kits to Dhuluiya in Salah Aldin
Erbil -- To serve the population that has been under siege for seven months and minimize the challenges they face in terms of limited access to health care and lack of life saving medicines, WHO delivered five basic units of interagency emergency health kits to the Dhuluiya district in the Salah Aldin governorate. The kits, delivered on 8 January 2015, contained medicines sufficient to cover the needs of 5000 people for three months.
6 January 2015
No Ebola cases detected in Iraq
Baghdad, Iraq - The Ministry of Health in Iraq, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), confirms that there is no suspected case of Ebola virus disease in Iraq as of 5 January 2015.
11 December 2014
Eight purpose-built mobile medical clinics arrive in Erbil, Iraq
Erbil, Iraq – The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Food Programme (WFP) have collaborated to deliver eight mobile medical clinics which arrived in Erbil today. These urgently needed clinics will be immediately deployed to parts of Iraq and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The vehicles, flown in from Amman, Jordan, were procured by WHO and have been purpose-built to address the health needs of displaced populations residing in places with limited access to health care services – in camps, informal settlements and urban areas across the country. The clinics were made possible through the support of the Government of Saudi Arabia and are the first of their kind to be brought to Iraq to accelerate response efforts.
10 November 2014
WHO accelerates winter preparedness plans
Erbil, 10 November 2014. With the onset of winter and cold-related illnesses such as pneumonia, measles and acute respiratory infections (ARIs), an estimated 1.8 million internally displaced Iraqis dread the next few months and the impact of winter on their lives in the camps and informal shelters. Limited access to health services has increased the vulnerability of the displaced populations, particularly the most vulnerable such as children, elderly and people suffering from chronic diseases, including asthma and other upper respiratory infections. To fill these identified health gaps, WHO has appealed for US$ 23 million to cover cost of essential health supplies and the recruitment of qualified health personnel.
3 November 2014
As the humanitarian situation in Iraq deteriorates, the health needs of the 1.8 million internally displaced persons in the country are rising, particularly in the Kurdistan Region and Anbar. Mass population movement within the country and from the neighboring Syria poses a risk of potential disease outbreaks such as polio and measles among the displaced people.
Intensified conflict has sparked a massive displacement of people across Iraq, posing a wide range of health threats. WHO and partners are responding to this crisis by controlling disease outbreaks, supplying medicines and strengthening hospitals, clinics and the health workforce.
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
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
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.