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Vulnerable communities access health care services, with ECHO support

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Displaced persons receiving medicine from primary health care facility supported by WHO and funded by ECHO in Amyiriat Fallujah in Anbar governorate  Displaced persons receiving medicine from primary health care facility supported by WHO and funded by ECHO in Amyiriat Fallujah in Anbar governorate 30 July 2018 – The European Commission for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) provided an additional €4.5 million to WHO to maintain health security and resilience for internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities in conflict-affected governorates of Iraq. This is in addition to the €29.2 million already contributed by the Commission since 2015. 

This renewed support will be used to sustain health services for more than 500 000 vulnerable people in hard-to-reach and newly accessible areas of Ninewa and Anbar for the coming 12 months and to ensure vigilance for diseases with a potential to cause outbreaks. The funds will also support the provision of necessary essential medicines and medical supplies, as well as facilitate referral services for returnees who have limited access to primary health care, secondary rehabilitative and referral health services. 

A doctor prescribing treatment to a patient at primary healthcare facility in Ninewa governorate A doctor prescribing treatment to a patient at a primary healthcare facility in Ninewa governorate ECHO's Head of Office in Iraq Simon Mansfield said, “ECHO is keen to continue this support of the provision of medical humanitarian assistance in Iraq. Access to essential medical services for displaced populations and assistance for victims of war injuries remain ECHO’s priorities in country. In 2018, ECHO maintains this strategic partnership with WHO”.

WHO’s Representative in Iraq Altaf Musani said, “We welcome this additional contribution from our long-term partner, ECHO. This contribution will support WHO and health partners to ensure uninterrupted access to essential and rehabilitative health care services for at least 500 000 IDPs, returnees and vulnerable host communities in the country’s most conflict-affected governorates”.  

This partnership between ECHO and WHO represents a strong commitment to improving the health of the people of Iraq.

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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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