Iraq

WHO supports access to assistive technologies for people with physical disabilities in Mosul

Ahmed Jamil makes his way down the street with the use of crutches

The World Health Organization (WHO) was actively engaged in providing lifesaving health care on the front lines during the Mosul operation in 2016–2017. The setting up of mobile trauma stabilization points (TSPs) and 4 field hospitals close to the battle lines has significantly contributed to saving hundreds of lives.

However, the conflict in Ninewa governorate, which is about to enter its fourth year, has left many victims with lifelong disabilities. It is estimated that severe trauma injuries have resulted in over 300 patients needing amputations, bringing the number of people in the governorate with physical disabilities as a result of the conflict in the governorate to approximately 5000.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 37 883
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) 68.9

Source: Country statistical profiles (2017)

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