WHO support to internally displaced people in Anbar, Iraq

A baby delivered at Bzebiz Bridge is held by a member of a mobile medical team. Photo: WHOA baby delivered at Bzebiz Bridge is held by a member of a mobile medical team. Photo: WHO24 May 2015 – As the exodus of thousands of families from Anbar to Baghdad and different parts of the country continues, a new life began when on the morning of 19 May, a 25-year-old internally displaced woman from Ramadi City gave birth to a healthy baby at Bzebiz Bridge, the crossing point between Anbar and Baghdad. While both mother and baby were fine, the incident highlighted the plight of the approximately 25 000 people displaced from their homes in Ramadi, who in the search for an area offering safe refuge, are unable to access essential health services. 

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WHO builds the capacity of biomedical engineering staff to ensure improved access to medical devices

14 April 2015 - A 4-day national workshop on health technology, with a focus on ensuring improved access, quality and safe use of medical devices, concluded in Erbil on 9...

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Situation updates 2015

Highlights, 8–28 June 2015 WHO delivered 200 oxygen bottles, 10 000 sterile surgical gowns and 200 wheelchairs to Ameriyat Al-Fallujah General Hospital to respond to the high numbers of internally displaced...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population 35 095
Total health expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 4.4
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 67
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.8
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 70.0

Source: Country statistical profiles (2014)

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