Humanitarian Health Action

Iraq - WHO's Emergency Health Response in Iraq

A child is administered the OPV during the polio measeles NID campaign in Iraq 14-18 September 2014.
WHO/Dr. Nima Sa'eed

13 April 2015 – A 5-day nationwide polio immunization campaign targeting 5.8 million children under 5 years of age began in Iraq on Sunday 12 April. The campaign was marked by events held on 12 April in Baghdad, organized by the Ministry of Health, and on 13 April in Erbil organized by the Kurdistan regional Ministry of Health. Representatives of WHO and UNICEF attended both events with Rotary International attending the launch in Erbil. It is over a year since the last case of polio was reported in Iraq, and the new campaign aims to vaccinate every child under 5 throughout the country.