The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today donated three dislodging tankers to local authorities in Dohuk, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to improve WASH services in a governorate, which contends with one of the largest numbers of internally displaced persons in the world.
The dislodging tankers will provide sanitation services to at least three camps, or some 20,000 displaced persons in the northern governorate. These services will also benefit to schools within host communities.
“In the face of such a large population displacement, safe disposal and treatment of human waste is a pressing development and humanitarian issue,” the UNDP Deputy Country Director Sultan Hajiyev noted.
“UNDP is proud to help the Governorate of Dohuk and municipal authorities improve sanitation services, and thus the health, of all those affected in camp and non-camp settings,” he said.
Mid-2014, when the city of Dohuk and neighbouring villages and communities hosted displaced people in public buildings, UNDP had funded emergency dislodging services through rented tankers, which served more than 100 schools.
UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Recovery Programme 2014–2015, which spearheads resilience approaches by rehabilitating basic social infrastructure, creating employment and sustainable livelihoods and preventing gender-based violence, is supported by funds from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, Switzerland, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), as well as UNDP core contributions—yet $26.8 million dollars US in total.
The Kurdistan region hosts nearly half of the 2.8 million displaced persons in Iraq, in addition to some 250,000 Syrian refugees.
(Source: UNDP in Iraq)