Health services shut down as funding shortfall cripples humanitarian operations in Iraq

WHO staff member speaks to community members4 August 2015 – A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84% of health programmes supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving almost 3 million people without access to urgently-needed heath care services. More than 184 front line health services in 10 governorates have been suspended, leaving millions of refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities without access to trauma care, nutrition supplementation, primary health care, outbreak detection and management, immunization services and reproductive health care services.

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Situation updates 2015

Highlights, 29 June–17 July 2015 A new internally displaced person's camp (Yellow Camp) was established near Bzebiz Bridge on the Anbar side with a capacity to house 75 to 80 families. New...

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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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