Humanitarian Health Action

WHO responds to health needs of populations affected by crisis in Iraq

10 July 2014 -- According to a report by the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) published on 4 July, internally displaced persons have now been identified in 17 of 18 governorates in Iraq. WHO is working with local and international partners in Iraq to meet the urgent health needs of populations affected by the ongoing crisis.

Iraq: Aid groups set to massively scale-up assisatance

An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes, as a result of violence that has gripped the country since the beginning of the year. At the beginning of July, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced a US$500 million donation to support the UN and its humanitarian partners respond to the crisis. This donation means that the UN will be able to provide assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in need. For many people, this will be the difference between life and death.

News on health in Iraq

  • 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

    The World Health Organization has provided medicines and medical supplies for more than 170 000 beneficiaries in areas affected by the recent crisis in Iraq. Many of these areas are experiencing ongoing clashes, creating challenges for affected populations requiring health services in the midst of insecurity.

  • 27 June 2014

    Increasing health risk of cholera and other diarrhoeal disease in Iraq

    27 June 2014, Erbil, 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

    WHO's response to crisis in Iraq

    As a result of the violence in Ninewa governorate, the United Nations estimates that approximately 300 000 people have been displaced, with this number expected to rise significantly in the coming period.

  • 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