Vaccines are safe, effective and save lives. Vaccines protect children from preventable diseases


Baghdad, 20 June 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) reaffirms its commitment to continue working with and supporting the Ministry of Health to ensure that children in Iraq continue to receive all required vaccines. Vaccines are safe and in addition to their positive imapct on child health, when immunization rates are high, the wider community is protected.

Over several decades, WHO has supported the Government of Iraq in immunizing children through routine vaccination and conducting supplementary immunization days targeting vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, measles and others. This support led to Iraq being declared a polio-free country in 2015; a gain which should be maintained and a goal to which WHO, like the Government, is committed to ensuring.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 37 140
Total health expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 6.5
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) 69.8

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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