Iraq


Amid widespread conflict, WHO and UNICEF support emergency polio vaccination for 15 000 children

Two children from Debaga camp for internally displaced persons in Iraq walk through the camp

Baghdad, 19 September 2016 – The Debaga internally displaced person (IDP) camp in Erbil governorate hosts around 33 000 persons from villages near the Qayyara district in the Ninewa governorate. This displacement occurred as the Government of Iraq engages in military action in preparation to regain control of Mosul. Over 15 000 children in Debaga camp were at very high risk of measles and polio due as they have had no access to immunization activities for about 2 years.

The Erbil Directorate of Health, with the Ministry of Health in Baghdad, the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan Regional Government, UNICEF and WHO, implemented a 9-day vaccination campaign that started on 30 August 2016 to immunize children against polio and measles. The campaign targeted 15 000 children under 15 years old for polio vaccine and children between 9 months and 15 years for the measles vaccine. 

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 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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