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WHO responds effectively to an outbreak of hepatitis A among Syrian refugees in northern Iraq

Hepatitis_A_outbreak_in_IraqThe outbreak underscored the value of EWARN in humanitarian crisis settings for early detection and control of epidemic-prone diseases. It is currently being scaled up by WHO in all countries affected by the Syria crisis17 November 2013 – Humanitarian crisis are often associated with increased risk of communicable disease outbreaks due to the exposure of refugees populations to multiple risk factors.

These risk factors may include: unsafe water; overcrowding and poor or insanitary living conditions in the camps; lack of access to clinical and preventive services; exposure to new pathogens due to the displacement of people to unfamiliar environments; and sometimes, conditions associated with the crisis that favour proliferation of disease-causing pathogens.

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WHO/Iraq launches the first Health and Nutrition Working Group

Health and nutrition working groupWHO, the Ministry of Health of Iraq, and UNHCR host the inaugural Health and Nutrition Working Group

Aiming to improve the health of Syrian refugees in Iraq

On Monday 28 October 2013, the Ministry of Health of Iraq, WHO, and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) held the first Health and Nutrition Working Group meeting in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The meeting focused on the specific health and nutritional needs of all Syrian refugees in Iraq.

The inaugural working group discussed the need for the establishment of a sustainable surveillance system that can competently monitor disease trends among Syrian refugees inside and outside the camps. Similarly, the construction of health centres in the refugee camps is a priority. Supplying prefabricated caravans will ensure accessible health services. 

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    WHO responds effectively to an outbreak of hepatitis A among Syrian refugees in northern Iraq
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    WHO/Iraq launches the first Health and Nutrition Working Group

Events

Iraq celebrates World Health Day under the theme of hypertension

Baghdad, 7 April, 2013 – Activities across Iraq were held today marking World Health Day, celebrated annually on 7 April, amid calls for intensified efforts to prevent and control high blood...

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International Day for Mine Awareness: more progress needed to eliminate threat of landmines to Iraqis

4 April 2013, Baghdad – Iraq continues to be one of the most contaminated countries in the world with landmines and unexploded ordinance. Today, on the International Day for Mine Awareness...

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World TB Day 2013 in Iraq: Calls and commitments to

Basra, 24 March 2013 – Iraq joined the rest of the world in commemorating World TB Day 2013 under the slogan of “Stop TB in My Lifetime”. The campaign aims to promote bold...

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In focus

WHO is providing guidance on protection from aerial attacks in the following information sheets in English and Arabic. Information sheets Protection from aerial attacks | Arabic What to do in case of a chemical release

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Congenital birth defect study in Iraq - update 11 September 2013

On 11 September 2013 the Ministry of Health in Iraq released a summary report on the congenital birth defects study conducted in 18 districts in Iraq. Following analysis of the...

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