IPV_introduced_in_IraqBaghdad, 3 February 2016 – Immunization is one of the most important preventive health actions in children’s lives as it provides protection against the most dangerous childhood diseases. 

Iraqi children are set to receive protection from six major childhood diseases after the country’s introduction of the IPV inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) as part of its national immunization programme. It is given to children at the age of 2 months, 4 months and 6 months. The IPV is introduced as a combination vaccine that contains antigens against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type B (the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and otitis).  Introduction of IPV is one of the key pillars in the global polio eradication effort, which seeks to completely eliminate this terrible disease completely. To date, the polio virus has been eliminated from every country except small areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

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Key health-related statistics

Total population 36 004
Total health expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 6.0
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 50
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.7
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 70.0

Source: Country statistical profiles (2015)

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