Iraq crisis

Improving access to specialized health services for people with physical disability in Iraq

26 January 2020 – Five years of conflict in Iraq has taken a huge toll on more than 5 million Iraqis who, at one point in time, have had to leave their areas of origin to move to safer places in the country. As many as half a million civilians have incurred some level of injury while thousands have lost limbs.

Greater support needed to ensure accessible quality health services for a quarter of a million Syrian refugees in Iraq

22 September 2019 – Providing access to health services for approximately 250 000 Syrian refugees in Iraq remains a major challenge for local health authorities, the World Health Organization (WHO), and humanitarian responders in Iraq.

Visit to Heevi Pediatric Hospital in Dohuk, Kurdistan region of Iraq

Statement on Iraq by Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

24 July 2019 Cairo, Egypt – I recently concluded a four-day visit to Iraq where I saw firsthand a health system transitioning from emergency response to reconstruction, rehabilitation and resilience, while at the same time addressing the health needs of millions of vulnerable Iraqis and refugees.


WHO Regional Director in Iraq to reinforce WHO support as country enters transition to development phase

15 July 2019 Baghdad – WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari arrives in Iraq today to mark a major strategic shift in WHO’s work in the country.

For many years, WHO’s priority work in Iraq was focused on responding to urgent health needs as a result of the ongoing crisis. This year, WHO’s focus will move from pure emergency response operations to both emergency and developmental activities that aim to rebuild the country’s health system.

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WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean concludes a visit to Iraq - 24 July 2019

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