Iraq completes round one of oral cholera vaccination campaign
Baghdad, 12 November 2015 – This week, the Government of Iraq, with the support of WHO and UNICEF, completed the first round of the oral cholera vaccination campaign. The campaign has vaccinated 91% of the targeted population the targeted 255 000 Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqis across 62 refugee and IDP camps in 13 governorates. The turnout was very high with no refusals or concerns raised regarding the vaccine. A second round will begin in December to administer a second dose to ensure protection against cholera for 5 years or more.
Vaccination teams work to keep Iraq polio free and combat the spread of cholera
13 October 2015, Baghdad – A nationwide campaign to vaccinate 5.8 million children in Iraq against polio ended on 11 October after a 2-day extension recommended by the Ministry of Health of Iraq to achieve maximum vaccination coverage. The current campaign aims to keep Iraq polio free and also included the dissemination of information to 1.5 million households across the country on how to detect, prevent and treat cholera.
Iraq - Urgent funding needed to prevent imminent closure of health care projects in Iraq
28 June 2015 -- WHO delivered 200 oxygen bottles, 10 000 sterile surgical gowns and 200 wheel chairs to Ameriyat Al-Fallujah General hospital to respond to the high numbers of IDPs seeking health services. In Kirkuk WHO supported eight mobile medical teams (MMTs) provided therapeutic and preventive services to IDPs and host community hard to reach areas.