Humanitarian Health Action

Iraq - Eight purpose-built mobile medical clinics arrive in Erbil

11 December 2014, 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.

Iraq: Health authorities, WHO and health cluster partners setting up medical services

Inspection of a warehouse in Duhok where supplies provided by WHO are stored before distribution to the hospitals and health facilities.
WHO/A. Rahman
Inspection of a warehouse in Duhok where supplies provided by WHO are stored before distribution to the hospitals and health facilities.

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.

Iraq health situation - Saudi Arabia supports WHO's response

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

Health in Iraq