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WHO scales-up activities to support newly liberated Qayyarah, Iraq

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Qayyarah_IraqBaghdad, 2 October 2016 – In June 2014, the subdistrict of Qayyarah fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Iraqi army retook control of Qayyarah City from armed groups on 28 August 2016.

Early in September 2016 and after more than 2 years of no access to health care services, the population of Qayyarh is finally enjoying basic health services and despite the fact that the main hospital and primary health care centres are not functional, WHO mobile medical clinics are rendering much needed front-line health care services. 

WHO is supporting the provision of mobile and static health service delivery and is taking the lead on maintaining the pipeline of lifesaving medications and kits and distributing to partners. WHO is currently heavily involved in the Ninewa response by: 

  • supporting the provision of health services in 2 primary health care centres in Haja Ali and Ajhala through an international partner. Additionally, WHO is supporting a mobile unit visiting different scattered villages in the area.
  • strengthening the capacities of this primary health care centre with kit, equipment and trained staff.
  • coordinating emergency vaccination campaigns against measles and polio, with the Department of Health Ninewa and international and local Health Cluster partners. Measles and polio vaccination campaign will cover around 6000 children who had no access to vaccination for the past 2 years.

Qayyarh General Hospital has been cleared from mines. While the building is in relatively good shape, the furniture and equipment were largely looted and major funding is required to boost the capacities of the general hospital and the primary health care and make them fully operational for the marginalized populations in the area living under ISIL control for long periods and deprived of health services.

WHO, the Directorate of Health and partners are working to assess the damage and need to re-establish hospital services, especially surgical capacity. Interventions will be planned once the assessment report is ready.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Rosane Lopes
Communications Officer
World Health Organization
Iraq Country Office
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Mobile +964 7809 288 614 

Ms Ajyal Sultany
Communications Officer
World Health Organization
Iraq Country Office
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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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