Iraq crisis

WHO delivers medical supplies to Shirqat General Hospital.

Lifesaving medical supplies reach Shirqat for Iraqi flood victims

28 November 2018 Baghdad – The World Health Organization (WHO) has dispatched a consignment of lifesaving medicines, medical kits and other supplies to Shirqat General Hospital in the north of Salah al-Din Governorate. The consignment contained more than 13 tons of supplies, including trauma, surgical and health emergency kits, sufficient to treat a population of 10 000 for three months. The supplies will help local health authorities meet the increased demand for first line and emergency health care services following the flash floods that have severely affected the district of Shirqat.


WHO and health partners step up efforts to provide urgent support for victims of flooding in Iraq

Baghdad, 26 November 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted an urgent needs assessment mission to internally displaced person (IDP) camps in Qayyarah in Ninewa governorate, Iraq, to assess the health situation of populations affected by heavy rains which caused flash flooding in the governorate. Tens of thousands of families have lost all their belongings and are reported to be in dire need of food, drinking water, medicine, and hygiene supplies.


WHO and the Ministry of Health intensify response to gastroenteritis outbreak amid water crisis in Basra

2 November 2018 Baghdad – On 12 August 2018, an outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses was detected in Basra, which is believed to have resulted from widespread water supply problems. Various gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, cramps, vomiting, and nausea, gas/bloating, diarrhoea, and fever, were reported. The Ministry of Health, Directorate of Health (DOH) in Basra, and the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with other health authorities at the governorate and national level, swiftly responded by conducting investigations and implementing immediate public health control measures.

Health on wheels: mobile clinic brings vital care to displaced Yazidis in Iraq

October 2018 – WHO has provided 69 mobile medical clinics to Iraq’s Ministry of Health to support health service provision for vulnerable populations across the country. WHO’s emergency health support in Iraq is funded by generous donations from USAID/OFDA, ECHO, Italy, Germany, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, China, United Nations OCHA/CERF, and UN Development. In 2018, WHO and the health cluster require US$ 64.7 million to support health needs in Iraq, of which approximately 13% is currently funded.

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Restoring mobility and hope in Mosul

The night her house was shelled, Fatima Khider Thanoon was asleep in her bed. “I woke up to the sound of shelling. I wanted to get up, but I couldn’t. I felt that I was paralyzed.”
When they found her, Fatima’s parents initially thought her paralysis was due to fear. Then a neighbour, a doctor, examined her and saw she needed immediate treatment, so her father and brothers carried her out of the house in a blanket and drove her to a hospital.
Now, she continues to take tentative steps towards recovery. Every other day her mother brings her to the WHO-supported Ninewah Rehabilitation Hospital in East Mosul.

WHO supports access to assistive technologies for people with physical disabilities in Mosul

September 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) was actively engaged in providing lifesaving health care on the front lines during the Mosul operation in 2016-2017. The setting up of mobile trauma stabilization points (TSPs) and four field hospitals close to the battle lines has significantly contributed to saving hundreds of lives.

Displaced persons receiving medicine from primary health care facility supported by WHO and funded by ECHO in Amyiriat Fallujah in Anbar governorate

Vulnerable communities access health care services, with ECHO support

30 July 2018 – The European Commission for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) provided an additional €4.5 million to WHO to maintain health security and resilience for internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities in conflict-affected governorates of Iraq. This is in addition to the €29.2 million already contributed by the Commission since 2015.


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