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Iraq health situation reports

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2017

  • 23 July 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report Mosul Crisis

    On 9 July, the battle to liberate the City of Mosul was declared over. A recent statement for UNAMI Office identified that 920 000 civilians have fled their homes since the beginning of the military campaign to retake Mosul on 17 October 2016. The statement also indicated that close to 700 000 people are still displaced, nearly half of whom are living in 19 emergency camps.

  • 8 July 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report Mosul Crisis

    A new mobile medical clinic has been launched in Basheqa, Telkyef district to deliver emergency primary health care services for internally displaced persons (IDPs) from west Mosul. WHO donated trauma kits to Hamam Al’ Alil field hospital and sixty seven body bags to the NGO partner New York City Medics for the Safe disposal of dead bodies. Public health concerns: The new IDPs face limited access to health services in newly liberated areas and inside west Mosul city due to the volatile security situation. Limited movement of partners to newly accessible areas due to security challenges which makes it hard to conduct timely investigations of suspected cases of communicable diseases in the affected communities. Shortage of safe water for populations trapped inside western Mosul remains a concern and a potential risk for outbreaks of water borne diseases such as acute watery diarrhea could flare up due to increasing environmental temperature and water scarcity. Hence the preparedness measures by the MOH, WHO, health and Water Sanitation and Hygiene partners have been stepped up during the past two weeks.

  • 17 June 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report Mosul Crisis

    WHO in coordination with Erbil and Ninewa Directorates of Health (DOH) on 13 June 2017 rapidly responded to suspected food borne illness outbreak in Hassan Sham U2 camp by conducting an investigation with the aim to identify the source and cause of the outbreak, treat those ill as well as contain and prevent any spread. To support the response to any future cholera outbreaks in the Governorate of Ninewa including camps and host communities, WHO delivered 500 rapid diagnostic test kits (RDT) to Ninewa DoH and primary health care facilities in Qayyarah, Hammam al’Alil and Salamiyah. WHO donated to health partners emergency medical supplies enough to serve the needs of more than 20500 persons in Al Salamiyah camp.

  • 3 June 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report Mosul Crisis

    More displacements continue from the western part of Mosul city. In this reporting period, more than 30000 additional people are reported to have fled from west Mosul as the security forces continue to push into three neighborhoods of the old city. WHO and health partners are strengthening health delivery of primary health care services in transite sites and mustering points and the delivery of trauma care at stabilization points and hospitals. In the last two weeks, 3 health service points have been established in 4 transit and mustering points of Oberoi Ninewa Hotel, 9th Division and Albu Sayf.

  • 31 May 2017

    Iraq - health situation report

    The Ministry of Health, Ninewa, Erbil and Dahuk Directorates of Health (DOH) in collaboration with WHO reached 332 178 children under the age of 5 years during a mass polio vaccination campaign carried out in Ninewa, Erbil and Dahuk governorates. The campaign targeted 331 510 children displaced from Mosul and living in IDP camps and host communities achieving more than 100% coverage. WHO constructed and handed over two fully furnished and equipped primary health care clinics (PHCC) to Kirkuk and Ninewa DOHs to serve the health needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Laylan C and Al-sallemiyah 1 IDP camps respectively.

  • 27 May 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    WHO in collaboration with Ninewa, Erbil and Dahuk Directorates of Health (DOH) and other health cluster partners have stepped up efforts to strengthen the delivery of basic health services for the high influx of internally displaced persons fleeing from the intense operations in west Mosul.

  • 20 May 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    WHO in collaboration with Ninewa, Erbil and Dahuk Directorates of Health (DOH) and other health cluster partners have stepped up efforts to strengthen the delivery of basic health services for the high influx of internally displaced persons fleeing from the intense operations in west Mosul.

  • 15 May 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    Trauma casualty rates across Mosul is still rising with over 12 318 reported casualties referred to hospitals in Mosul and neighboring Governorates for the period from 17 October 2016 to 12 May 2017. Nearly half of these reported cases were from western Mosul alone where the offensive was launched in February 2017.

  • 7 May 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    WHO has supported Ninewa DOH to conduct immunization activities in Ninewa Ayser bank and 11 IDP camps in the retaken areas of the governorate for the period 10- 20 April 2017. The immunization activities reached a total of 399 258 children under the age of 15 years with bOPV and 381 990 children of the same age group for Measles and Rubella. Preparations for May polio campaign in Ninewa and camps are underway scheduled to be launched on the 21st of the current targeting around 350 000 children under 5 years.

  • 30 April 2017

    Iraq - health situation report

    More than 25000 children werev reached with the 3rd dose of the oral polio vaccine and 24000 vaccinated against measles in 6 governorates of Baghdad (Kharkh), Dahuk, Kirkuk, Thiqar, Salahaldeen and Wassit to ensure more children are protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

  • 29 April 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    WHO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, Ninewa Department of Health, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have opened the third 68 bed trauma Field Hospital in Hamam al’ Alil after Bartalla and Athba. The hospital will strengthen the treatment and surgical interventions of injured patients as the crisis in west Mosul deepens and more casualties are recorded. To ensure that Hamam al’ Alil FH is fully functional, WHO delivered trauma and surgical kits and medicines for the treatment trauma patients and other medical related emergencies sufficient for more than 46 000 people. In addition, WHO delivered medicines for surgical interventions and intravenous fluids to Athba FH sufficient for 400 patients. To support primary health care services for internally displaced people in Bardarash camp in Dahuk, WHO donated essential lifesaving medicines for infectious diseases, skin diseases and chronic diseases to Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) partner Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI). The medicines are sufficient for 13 000 people.

  • 22 April 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    WHO has supported the health directorates in Erbil, Duhok and Silymania by providing intravenous fluids sufficient for 100 000 people. The Federal Ministry of Health has opened a fully equipped third hospital in Hamam al'Alil (including a maternity unit by UNFPA) managed by ASPEN Medical. More than 16 800 consultations (25% of them children under 5 years) has been managed through the primary health care facilities and WHO supported mobile clinics.

  • 15 April 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    As the crisis in west Mosul intensifies and more casualties are being reported, WHO continues with its support for trauma needs. Essential medicines used for post-operative care and for the treatment of infections and cardiovascular diseases sufficient for 5000 people were delivered to Athba Field Hospital. Ten Inter-agency Health Kits (IEHK) sufficient for 10000 were also donated to trauma stabilization point in Khabat. WHO has also supported International Medical Corps (IMC) with essential medicines for the treatment of skin diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases sufficient for 4000 people.

  • 8 April 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    More than 1500 new internally displaced persons (IDPs) from west Mosul arrived Nargizlia screening site in Shikhan district, Duhok Governorate this week. WHO has provided 22 Inter-agency Emergency Health Kits (to treat 21 000 persons), 2 surgical kits and 1 full trauma kit (to treat 300 surgical interventions) to Ninewa Directorate of Health (DOH) and Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA). Through WHO supported mobile medical clinics (MMCs) and static primary health facilities managed by implementing partners, 20511 consultations, including 7962 children under the age of 5 years were recorded. A total of 1892 cases were also referred to specialized health facilities. More than 1400 people were seen for medical consultations in Dibaga 2 IDP PHCC. Forty six percent of the total consultations were female and 26% children under 6 years of age.

  • 1 April 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    WHO supported mobile medical clinics (MMCs) and static primary health facilities run by implementing partners, 20 511 consultations, including 7 962 children under the age of 5 years were recorded. A total of 1 892 cases were referred to specialized health facilities.

  • 1 - 31 March 2017

    Iraq - health situation report

    More than 450 000 children have been vaccinated against Polio in crises affected areas through campaigns targeting host communities. Through WHO supported Mobile Medical Clinics, Primary Health Care Clinics and Hospitals and Mobile Medical teams, more than 203865 consultations for various disease conditions were provided including more than 44 000 children under five years in 8 most affected governorates.

  • 25 March 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    A trauma field hospital has been opened and WHO with the World Food Programme airlifted 15 fully equipped ambulances 15 kilometers from the front lines of west Mosul. Two fully equipped caravans was donated to Niewa DOH for primary health care services. Since 18 February 1,296 people (76% were civilians, 28% children under the age of 15 years and 35% women) has been treated in the 4 hospitals in west Mosul.

  • 18 March 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    The health needs in Mosul are fast evolving; more areas are becoming accessible,leading to an influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to safer areas with basic social services, including health. To respond to the immense primary health care needs, WHO is working with health authorities and implementing partners to scale up its support.

  • 11 March 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    To increase the operational readiness for health facilities in Iraq, including in and around Mosul, for chemical events, WHO has received over one metric tons of protective equipment from the Government of the United Kingdom. Through WHO supported Mobile Medical Clinics and static primary health facilities run by WHO implementing partners, a total of 15,792 consultations were conducted this reporting period including 2 700 children under 5 years of age. In addition, 597 referrals were also conducted through ambulances donated by WHO to the Directorate of Health in Ninewa.

  • 28 February 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    WHO and health partners recorded 8 299 health consultations this week, through mobile medical clinics (MMCs), mobile medical teams (MMTs), static clinics, and supported primary health care centers (PHCCs). The patients consulted were IDPs form Mosul.

  • 18 February 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    WHO and health partners recorded 7569 health consultations this week, through mobile medical clinics (MMCs), mobile medical teams (MMTs), static clinics, and supported primary health care centers (PHCCs). The patients consulted were IDPs form Mosul. The total number of consultations since the beginning of the operations has 513 597 patients as of 17 Febuary 2017 and there has been a total of 4310 casualties.

    Health facilities in east Mosul and the surrounding districts are continuously over loaded with patients seeking health services. This has led to frequent shortages in many health facilities for essential medicines including, particularly, antibiotics, and medicines for chronic illnesses, fever and pediatric syrups.

  • 4 February 2017

    Iraq - special health situation report on Mosul crisis

    A total of 108 trauma cases were recorded in Emergency Hospital and West Emergency Hospital in Erbil. In addition 390 trauma patients were treated in Bartalla field Hospital for the period 8 to 31 January 2017. The cumulative number of casualty cases treated in the three hospitals since 17 October is 3,924. Readiness efforts have been scaled up in West Mosul where trauma cases are expected to be high. Plans are under way to establish addition three field hospitals.

  • 14 January 2017

    Iraq - health situation report

    A field hospital was launched in Bartalla 12 January 2017, run by Samaritan’s Purse and supported by WHO with financial help from OFDA. In the first 96 hours the hospital had treated 45 injured patients from Mosul. In Erbil emergency hospitals served 3254 casualty cases from Mosul (since 17 October 2016). Four hospitals in Mosul have been destroyed or damaged and remain non-functional, including maternity and pediatric and tree Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs). Medical supplies for 16 836 patients has been donated by Qahyira Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Ninawa and DOH Dahuk. Two trauma kits (to treat 200 patients) were donated to Local non-government partners WAHA and Frontline Mobile Trauma Team.

2016

  • 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.

  • 5 September 2016

    Assessment of health facilities in the newly accessible areas of Ninewa governorate

    In late 2014, many areas of Ninewa governorate became accessible including the sub-districts of Sinjar, Talafar, Talkeif and Sheekhan. Subsequently, many families have returned to their towns and villages in these areas. The Ninewa Directorate of Health has since started to operate health facilities in these newly accessible areas which had been destroyed or looted by armed opposition groups.

  • June 2016

    Fallujah crisis: special health situation report

    The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Fallujah has reached 85 302. WHO and health partners are providing essential health services to the population in Anbar Directorate of Health (DoH) and the IDPs and returnees in newly liberated areas. The essential health services are provided through eight WHO and several health partners mobile medical clinics. A total of 17 185 consultations has been provided, including the hard-to-reach areas. WHO has also delivered 29 interagency emergency health kits (IEHK), which will cover the health needs of 29 000 people for 3 months.

  • 17 January 2016

    Ramadi crisis: special health situation report

    Ramadi City was liberated on 27 December 2015. However, active fighting is still ongoing in many parts of the city. Since June 2015, approximately 15 000 families have been displaced from Ramadi and are residing in various internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and host communities across eastern Anbar and western Baghdad. 380 families (2300 individuals) have been displaced since 27 December. Comprehensive health services are being provided through the Department of Health and various health cluster partners, including WHO.

2015

  • 20 October - 15 November 2015

    Health situation report

    A national polio immunization campaign for under 5 years children was concluded in all Iraqi governorates scoring a coverage rate of 90%. The campaign was also implemented in the newly liberated areas of Ninewa governorate. WHO handed over to Duhok DOH four complete Interagency Diarrheal Diseases Kits, medical equipment and furniture in preparation for cholera outbreaks. A health clinic of six caravans was established in the IDP camp in Kerbala governorate. The clinic is equipped with a laboratory, pharmacy and wound dressing rooms in addition to an MCH services unit. The clinic will provide health services to approximately 5000 IDPs.

  • 20 September 2015

    Ministry of Health, WHO and partners step up response to cholera outbreak in Iraq

    Baghdad – Under the provision of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), the Ministry of Health of Iraq, in consultation with WHO, declared a cholera outbreak in governorates of Najaf, Diwaniya, and parts of west Baghdad on 15 September 2015, and announced a stepping up of measures to stop transmission and prevent further spread of the disease.

  • August 2015

    Health Cluster emergency response

    Information on the Health Cluster response and partners

  • July 2015

    Health Cluster emergency response

    Information on the Health Cluster response and partners

  • 23 July 2015

    Iraq crisis: location of Anbar hospitals and mobile medical clinics map

    Map of status and location of the Anbar hospitals, focusing on the functionality of services and accessibility.

  • 20 July 2015

    Iraq crisis: location of Anbar hospitals and mobile medical clinics map

    Map of status and location of the Anbar hospitals, focusing on the functionality of services and accessibility.

  • January - June 2015

    Iraq crisis snapshot on WHO response activities in Dahuk Governorate

    There are 2.1 Million Internally Displace People (IDPs) in Iraq and approximately 0.58 Million are sheltered in Dahok Governorate. The main public health concerns are: over crowded settlements raising risk of communicable diseases, risk of measles in the IDP camps, limited access to health services, level of violence, mental health issues and care of non-communicable diseases.

  • 28 June 2015

    Iraq crisis health situation report

    Shortage of safe drinking was reported in Basra IDP camp and in the southern parts of Thiqar governorate mainly Suq- Al sheiukh and al Chebaish districts critical shortage of safe water supply due to decreased water levels in Euphrates river was also reported leading to increased contamination thus exposing the displaced persons to water borne diseases. The low vaccination coverage in Najaf is raising the risk of communicable disease among the displaced children.

  • 17 June 2015

    Procurement and distribution of essential medicines, medical supplies and other health technologies in Iraq from WHO supported warehouses in Erbil

    WHO has procured more than US$ 17 million worth of essential and lifesaving medicines and medical supplies in Iraq. Pharmaceuticals account for US$ 5,7 million while non-pharmaceutical supplies account for US$ 11 million. This is in addition to medicines procured by WHO, valued at $ 2 million, which were assessed as most urgently needed for IDPs in KR-I. These were directly handed over to the MOH/KRG for further distribution to all the Departments of Health with WHO logistics support.

  • 2 June 2015

  • 7 June 2015

    Health situation report

    The third round of a national polio vaccination campaign was conducted in May 2015 and 5.3 million of targeted 5.7 million children were vaccinated. Nationwide 92% of the children aged 0 month to 5 years were vaccinated. WHO delivered basic Interagency Emergency Health kits (IEHK) in response to cover the health needs of newly displaced populations (IDPs) in Kirkuk. These health kits will cover treatments for 3 900 people for three months period. For the treatment of the IDPs in Al-Nekheeb Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC) WHO donated a trauma kit and Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs), these kits will treat treating 18 000 people for a period of three months.

  • 1 June 2015

    Special health report on Ramadi Iraq

    An estimated 25 000 internally displaced persons (DOH Anbar) were reported to be stranded for three days (21 -23 May) in Bzebz bridge from Anbar side; all waiting to cross to Baghdad. Those displaced and stranded were mainly from Husaybah ALsharqiah, Khalidiah, Muthaik and Habbaniyah. Health service delivery partially resumed at a small scale in Al-Ramadi general hospital with a capacity of 400 beds. A few health workers joined the health team to provide services those wounded during the conflict including management of trauma cases. Supplies used at the hospital were collected from the Directorate of Health warehouse in Anbar. There is however no specialised health services currently available ie. Surgeries.

  • April - May 2015

    IRAQ: Mobile Medical Clinics response in Erbil Governorate

    WHO, with the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Funds, provided Erbil Directorate of Health (DoH) with two Mobile Medical Clinics (MMCs) on 23 January, 2015.These two MMCs are operational and working in two different health districts: Erbil Center and Makhmoor.

  • 25 May 2015

    Special health report on Ramadi Iraq

    An estimated 25 000 internally displaced persons (DOH Anbar) were reported to be stranded for three days (21 -23 May) in Bzebz bridge from Anbar side; all waiting to cross to Baghdad. Those displaced and stranded were mainly from Husaybah ALsharqiah, Khalidiah, Muthaik and Habbaniyah. Health service delivery partially resumed at a small scale in Al-Ramadi general hospital with a capacity of 400 beds. A few health workers joined the health team to provide services those wounded during the conflict including management of trauma cases. Supplies used at the hospital were collected from the Directorate of Health warehouse in Anbar. There is however no specialised health services currently available ie. Surgeries.

  • 20 May 2015

    Special health report on Ramadi Iraq

    On 12 May night, a strong sand storm hit Anbar governorate affecting the IDPS camp in Al Habbaniyah Tourist City mostly. 40 tents were damaged and more than 50 IDPs injured due to collapse of the tents. Injuries included children and women with different degrees of severity. Death of one old woman was also reported. Al Habaniya City Police and Civil defense forces were mobilized to assist the IDPs fixing and repairing the damaged tents.

  • 15 May 2015

    WHO, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF are implementing a nationwide polio vaccination campaign from 24 to 28 May 2015 as a major public health achievement, this event will complete one year without polio case in Iraq. WHO handed one mobile clinic to the Ministry of Health to serve the Ramadi IDPs. In Ramadi three major public health clinics where opened to serve the returnees. In Kirkuk governorate the second batch of 50 IDPs were relocated to Badawa village.

  • 27 April 2015

    Health situation report

    During the polio vaccination campaign 12-16 April 2015 5.4 million children were vaccinated nationwide. WHO worked with health authorities to deploy six ambulances, essential medicines and health workers to Bzebaz Bridge to treat IDPs on transit. WHO donated four caravans to Habaniyah clinic and one to Al-Khaldia to better manage the growing amount of patients and IDPs. Over 100 health workers were trained in Erbil, Kirkuk, Diyala, Dohuk and Sulyeimaniah to collect and analyse Early Warning and Response Alert Network (EWARN) data.

  • 28 April 2015

    Special health situation report - Ramadi

    As of 28 April 2015, no new population movement outside of Al Ramadi to Bzebaz Bridge has been recorded by Government of Iraq counterparts. However 2500 people to have already returned Ramadi. The Internally Displaced People, who were in transit, have entered Amryat Alfalwja, Al Khaldiyah and Al Habaniah in Al Anbar province. The Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF and other health cluster partners continued responding to the health needs of hundreds of families displaced in Baghdad.

  • 24 April 2015

    Health situation report

    The security situation in Al-Ramadi worsened on 18 April 2015. Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) fled from Al-Ramadi (Al boferage, Al Sofiya and Al Garma districts) to Al-Khaldia, Amriate Al-Fallujah, Al-Habanyia tourist city, Baghdad, Babil and Diwaniah. Mobile teams from the nearest health facilities in the assessed areas are providing curative and preventive services for the IDPs; these were spontaneous rather than structured. Primary Health Care Centres are within 1-2 Km from camps. Sanitation is an issue in the visited sites; lack or very limited numbers of latrines and showers.

  • 21 April 2015

    The security in Al-Ramadi is deteriorating

    The security situation in Al-Ramadi has continued to further deteriorate over the past four days. Thousands of Internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing from Al-Ramadi (Al boferage , Al Sofiya and Al Garma districts) are moving to Al-Khaldia, Amriate Al-Fallujah, Al-Habanyia tourist city, Baghdad, Babil and Diwaniah. An estimated 60 new IDPs families arrived Diwaniah from Anbar. Karbala is also holding discussions to explore possibilities of accepting new IDPs; Najaf declined to accept additional refugees. Two camps are under construction in Amriate Al-Falluja, where an estimated 27 000 IDP families are currently displaced.

  • 6 April 2015

  • March 2015

  • 16 March 2015

    WHO donated 15 ambulances, two mobile clinics, essential medicines and medical supplies for 60 000 beneficiaries for three months. WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Ala Alwan, officially handed them to the Dohuk Governorate of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. WHO assessed the Tuberculosis (TB) services among refugees in Basirma Refugee camp on 11 March 2015 and raised the community and health workers awareness of the disease, and how to follow up on the progress on presumptive TB patients.

  • 2 March 2015

    The first national polio campaign for 2015 was launched in the country, targeting 5.9 Million children aged 0 month to 5 years. The polio campaign is supported by WHO and UNICEF and it will run for 5 days in the central and southern governorates and 12-15 days in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. WHO continues to support the Federal Ministry of Health in capacity building of the staff working in the Regional Emergency Medicine Training Centre in Baghdad. WHO delivered health equipment including X-ray developers, X-ray fixers, oxygen tube, and essential medicines to Directorate of Health (DOH) in Duhok, Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah.

  • January - February 2015

    Iraq: Emergency response to polio outbreak

  • 17 February 2015

    In Arabat camp Sulaymaniyah were 4225 children (0 - 5 years) vaccinated against polio and measles. WHO delivered health equipment for treatment of 895 730 people in Mosul Directorate of Health (DOH). Additional supplies and antiseptics where delivered to cover the needs of 105 000 people for one month. Two Inter agency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK - supplementary model) were delivered to Dohuk Directorate of Health to serve the health needs of the displaced population in Zummer district.

  • 1 February 2015

    WHO and the Directorate of Health (DOH) investigated on suspected Influenza A ( H1N1) cases in Missan and Kirkuk governorates. Three cases were confirmed positive for H1N1. An assessment of Tuberculosis (TB) was conducted in Heabeb Al Malih PHCC in AnKawa among the IDPs. A water testing workshop was conducted in Dahuk & Zakho sub-districts.

  • June 2014 - February 2015

  • 18 January 2015

    WHO delivered five basic Inter-agency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) to Dhuluiya in Salahadin, enough to treat 5000 people for three months. Another three basic Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) were delivered to Malteser and Turmenneli Cooperation and Culture Foundation (TCCF) to respond to the displaced people in Debagah district; enough to treat 3000 people for three months. Four additional new mobile medical clinics have been delivered to the Ministry of Health; this brings the total number of mobile medical clinics donated to Iraq to 12. WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and UNICEF conducted a mission to Duhok Erbil, Sulymaniah and Baghdad to assess the progress made on polio eradication in the country.

  • 4 January 2015

    A mass measles vaccination campaign in 12 governorates reached 97% of the targeted 3.9 Million children. In Erbil, Sulymaniah and Dahok an orientation workshop on Family Practice Approach (IFPA) was held for the health workers. Two emergency health kits was delivered in Baharka camp. In Dahok governorate, Mam Alyan IDP camp an assessment mission was conducted on general health and WASH services.

2014

  • June - December 2014

    Snapshot on WHO response activities in Dahuk Province, Iraq

    As of 14 January 2015, the number of people reported to be displaced in Iraq was up to 2.1 Million (IOM, Displacement Tracking Matrix). Of this number, approximately 576,846 (27.5%) of the internally displaced population are sheltered in Dahok Governorate, a significant percentage of them are housed within host families, 17 IDP camps, in unfinished buildings and informal settlements like schools. Five Governorates are affected by the ongoing instability in the country, including: Salah Adin, Diyala, Kirkuk, Anbar and Ninewa. However most displaced population in Dahok are from Ninewa and Kirkuk. The number of people who need life-saving assistance such as health care and protection in the Governorate is deemed to continue increasing.

  • 20 December 2014

    As part of WHO's response to ensure access to health care services, eight Mobile Medical Clinics have been handed to the Ministry of Health in Iraq. WHO also supported IDP and refugee children with hearing problems, nineteen children received cochlear implants. Assessment visits were conducted to Sharia and Domiz IDP camps in Duhok and water quality monitoring and testing in Ninewa and Duhok. WHO prepositioned health technologies including medicines and other medical supplies to Duhok, Ebil and Sulymaniah.

  • 4 November 2014

    WHO appeals for resources to address increasing health needs of displaced populations in Iraq

    The Strategic Response Plan 2014–2015 for Iraq, launched on Thursday 23 October, appeals for a total of US$ 2.2 billion to cover the provision of critical humanitarian aid for displaced populations in Iraq, of which US$ 187 million is urgently required for health.

  • 3 November 2014

    Internally displaced children in Iraq are at high risk of polio and measles outbreak

    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.

  • 10 November 2014

    WHO is working with health authorities in Salahaldeen province to restore basic health services in areas reporting limited medical, surgical and obstetric services due to the closure of hospitals. In Erbil health authorities, WHO and health cluster partners are working towards setting up mobile medical services for the newly opened internally displaced persons camp (IDP) in Ainkawa mall. In October 5.6 million under 5 years old children has been vaccinated against polio. Inaccessibility in parts of Nenawa, Anbar, Sinjar and Bagdad made it challenging to vaccinate children in the areas.

  • 20 October 2014

    Al Anbar Governorate in Heet district 180 000 internally displaced people are in need of health assistance. There is a shortage of health workers in a number of crisis-affected areas. The vaccine cold chain and medicine storage warehouses in some areas have been affected by fuel shortages. In Sinjar Governorate 19 health facilities are non-functional. There is an increased risk of importation of the wild polio virus as Syrian refugees move in to the area. In Al Anbar, Dohuk, Sulymania and Erbil Governorates the displaced people are over-whelming the health services.

  • 22 October 2014

    The national polio immunization campaign scheduled from 14-18 September has concluded successfully in all 18 governorates throughout the country. The campaign was the first national polio vaccination activity since May.

  • 24 August 2014

    The security situation inside Mosul City is relatively stable. Fuel and electricity supplies to the governorate remain disrupted. Medicines and medical equipment are available in functional hospitals and Primary Health Care centres with the exception of medicines for chronic diseases, chemotherapy and anaesthetics. Official sources in Kerbala governorate announced that the total number of IDPs has exceeded 60,000 people. The governorate council decided on 17 August to stop accepting new IDPs due to overburdened social and health services.

  • 14 August 2014

    Blocked roads between Anbar governorate’s cities and districts are hampering humanitarian efforts to provide basic needs of food, drinking water and health supplies. Shortages in electricity, fuel, and chlorine for water sterilization are further impacting the living conditions of IDPs in the governorate. In Salah El Din governorate, health facilities are reporting shortages in electricity, water, health supplies and health personnel. Five out of nine hospitals are non-functional.

  • 4 August 2014

    The humanitarian situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate with further displacement of minorities, challenging WHO efforts to provide medicines amid the acute shortage of medications reported by the government compounded by the suspension of flights to Erbil which will limit the option of international procurement. Alternative sources from the local market are being considered. WHO is coordinating with the Medicines and Medical Supplies Directorate– KIMADIA (the State Company for Medicines and Medical Appliances) in the Federal Ministry of Health the dispatch of medicines and medical supplies to the Kurdistan Region –Iraq.

  • 18 June 2014

    WHO's response to crisis in Iraq

    Since 9 June, armed conflict in the Ninewa, Diyala and Salah ud Din governorates, has resulted in hundreds of casualties and approximately 300 000 displaced people. The lack of security is making it difficult for people to access basic supplies and services. To ensure adequate trauma care for patients, WHO is supporting the directorate of health in Dohuk and Erbil with provision of medical supplies for mobile clinics and has also provided interagency emergency health kits, trauma kits and diarrheal disease kits.

  • January 2014

  • 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

2012

  • 19 December 2012

    A Refugee Response Plan for Syrian Refugees was launched 19 December. The escalation of the violence in Syria has led to an increase in the number of Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries. A large-scale humanitarian response continues to address the needs of the refugees already present in host countries and those of the new refugees. The Refugee Response Plan aims to provide lifesaving assistance to refugees while ensuring that the cost of their welcome is not borne by the countries of asylum alone, or by the many local communities.

  • 9 December

    WHO is scaling up activities to ensure provision of adequate health services to Syrians living inside Al Qaim and Domiz refugee camps and refugees living in Anbar, Dahuk, Suleimaniyah and Erbil governorates including readiness to respond to health challenges arising from the winter season. “Around 65 000 women, children and elderly Syrian refugees living inside Iraq have the right to receive adequate health services” said Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, Representative of WHO in Iraq.

  • 18 October 2012

    Syrian refugees in Iraq

    There are 40 000 Syrian refuges in Iraq, with Al-Qaim and Domiz camps hosting populations of 7000 and 19 000 refugees, respectively. There is an increased demand for health care services among all refugees, especially for the treatment of chronic illnesses. The most commonly reported causes of consultations among all Syrian refugees are upper respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, skin infections and sexually transmitted infections. The Directorate of Health foresees shortages of some medicines for chronic illness in Domiz camp.

  • 27 February 2012

    Workshop to improve the quality and relevance of medical education in Iraq

    The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Health of Iraq, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), are conducting a three-day workshop on the accreditation of health professions education, with a special focus on medical education, from 27 to 29 February 2012 in Amman, Jordan. The workshop aims to strengthen Iraq’s national system of accreditation and assure its compatibility and harmonization with global standards.

  • 27 February 2012

    Evaluating mental health training: changes in practice and knowledge for health workers in Iraq

    Erbil, 27 February 2012 –Under the patronage of H.E Dr Taher Hawrami, the Minister of Health of Kurdistan, and the Ministry of Health of Iraq, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, are conducting a workshop from 27 to 29 February 2012 in Erbil, Iraq. The workshop will review capacity-building activities in the governorates in 2011, and exchange of experiences and lessons learned and implementation of mental health in primary health care services. The workshop will also focus on promoting local capacity in the areas of supervision, monitoring and reporting of mental health activities at primary health care level.

  • 21 February 2012

    MOH and WHO launch phase I of the Good Governance for Medicines programme in Iraq

    Erbil, 21 February 2012: The Ministry of Health of Iraq (MOH) and the Ministry of Health for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched today, the field implementation of phase I of the programme of Good Governance for Medicines (GGM).

2011

  • 21 April 2011

    Four districts in Iraq nominated to implement the Basic Package of Health Services (BHSP)

    Beirut – Implementation of Basic Health Service Package (BHSP) through Improving the performance of District Health System based on Family Practice Approach (IDHS-FPA), is a new World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region initiative adopted by the Ministry of Health in Iraq which will be introduced as a pilot in four districts in the country including Baghdad, Kirkuk, Missan and Erbil governorates. The initiatives aims at assuring universal, equitable and efficient access to essential health services for every individual especially the most vulnerable (children, women and elderly residing in the catchment area population of a Primary Health Care Facility.

2009

2008

  • 10 September 2008

    Cholera in Iraq

    On 20 August 2008, cases of acute watery diarrhoea from Baghdad and Misan Province were laboratory confirmed as cholera. They constitute the first cholera cases detected in Iraq in 2008. To date there have been 10 fatalities, three of whom tested positive for Vibrio cholera.

  • 16 May 2008

    WHO Resumes Permanent International Presence in Iraq

    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.

  • 11 May 2008

    Health situation in Iraq

2007

  • 15 August - 5 October 2007

    Cholera outbreak in Iraq

    As of 2nd of October 2007, 25 districts of Northern Iraq and 14 districts in the south and center have reported laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera. In north Iraq; 13 out of the 14 districts of Sulymania governorate, all five districts of Kirkuk governorate, 6 out of the seven districts of Erbil governorate, one district in Dahuk. As for the center and south; the affected districts are: 3 districts in each of Tikrit; Mosul and Diala, 2 districts 2 in Basra as well as one district in each of Wassit, Mosul, Baghdad and Anbar.

  • 3 August 2007

    Agreement reached on providing health care to displaced Iraqis

    Displaced Iraqis living in Egypt, Jordan and Syria should receive health care similar to the local population, health ministries of the host countries agreed at a meeting this week. WHO convened the ministerial consultation to review the health needs of Iraqis living in nearby countries.

2005

  • 14 August 2005

    Health situation in Iraq

    The World Health Organization works in partnership with the Ministry of Health in fulfilling the Ministry’s vision of the provision of accessible, affordable and available, safe and comprehensive quality health services. The four main areas of work which encompass all WHO activities are: (1) Access to quality health services (2) Prevention and control of diseases (communicable and non-communicable) (3) Mother, child and reproductive health and (4) Environmental health. These areas of work, which are consistent with the Ministry’s strategy and the UN Health Cluster’s strategic outcomes, are used within this Bulletin to present activities undertaken in the reporting period.

2004

2003