Iraq health news and feature stories
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.