Iraq


Iraq_sit_rep_13WHO staff speaking to a displaced family in Duhok during an assessment of health services for displaced persons Photo: WHO/A Rahman

Situation report update, 11–24 November 2014

8 December 2014 – The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq has reached 2.1 million people, with 40% of those displaced in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. More than 450 000 displaced individuals reside in Duhok governorate’s Sumel, Zakho, Duhok and Amedi districts, accounting for 24% of the overall IDP caseload.

Many displaced persons are in hard-to-reach and inaccessible areas with limited access to health care services. An estimated 300 families are currently displaced in Sinjar Mountain in Kharse and in Beere Oura villages with many others scattered in small groups within the mountain area. 

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Events

WHO assists internally displaced persons live dignified lives by easing their mobility

Iraq, 11 November, 2014 – Madam Basy Murad, a 70-year-old mother of five, received a wheelchair from WHO. This is important for her because for over one and half months...

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In focus

Round table discussion on displaced women and access to health: A call to action

Erbil, Iraq - On 3 December, WHO participated in a round table discussion to address health services availability and equity of access for displaced women residing in the Kurdistan region...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population 33 227
Total health expenditure on health (% of GDP) 8.0
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 24.0
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.7
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 72.7

Source: Country statistical profiles (2013)

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