Medical_stocks.sit_rep_12Inspection of a warehouse in Duhok where supplies provided by WHO are stored before distribution to the hospitals and health facilities. Photo credit: WHO/A RahmanSituation report update, 21 October–10 November 2014

The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in parts of Iraq and reports of internal displacement of populations is complicating provision of health services. The latest International Organization for Migration's displacement tracking matrix identified 1 898 844 internally displaced individuals dispersed across Iraq, representing an increase of 145 542 individuals since the end of September. Dahuk governorate currently hosts the largest number of IDPs. More than 450 000 displaced individuals are seeking refuge across its four districts of Sumel, Zakho, Dahuk and Amedi, accounting for 24% of the overall IDP caseload.

In light of rapidly changing weather conditions in the country, and in particular, in the Kurdistan region, WHO and its health partners have developed a comprehensive winterization response plan to address the needs of displaced families. Additional financial support of US$ 23 million is needed to enhance health delivery capacity during the winter season.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population 33 227
Total health expenditure on health (% of GDP) 8.0
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 24.0
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.7
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 72.7

Source: Country statistical profiles (2013)

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