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Mobile Health Teams reach People in Newly Liberated Areas

For more than 3 years, the people of Hawiija [Hawijah] district in Kirkuk governorate, were cut off from lifesaving health care and immunization services, leaving many children susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases. “For years, I worried that my children may contract polio and measles or die,” said Hadija, a 32-year-old mother of 3. In September 2017, […]

National Immunization Campaigns Launched in Iraq

A national immunization days campaign has today commenced in Iraq and targets over 6 million children aged 0 to 5 years of age. Supported by the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF, the door-to-door campaign is being conducted for 5 days and will include the newly liberated areas in Mosul where thousands of children have […]

Campaign to Immunize 5.8m Iraqi Children against Polio

Major campaign launched to immunize 5.8 million Iraqi children against polio Today, on World Polio Day the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a weeklong nationwide campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against polio. Under the slogan “two drops can change a life,” the five-day campaign aims to […]

Vaccination Drive to keep Iraq Polio-Free

WHO and UNICEF Iraq Launch Vaccination Drive to keep the Country Polio-Free Iraqi children under five this week are again the centre of a mass vaccination campaign that started on 24 May across all governorates in Iraq tokeep the country polio-free after completing one year since the last case of polio was recorded in a […]

New Immunization Campaign Targets 5.8m Children

Keeping Iraq “polio free”: New immunization campaign targets 5.8 million children A five day nationwide polio immunization campaign targeting 5.8 million children under five years of age in Iraq will commence Sunday 12 April and will be marked by launch events on 12 April in Baghdad, organized by the Ministry of Health Iraq, and on […]

Forced Vaccinations are Rights Violation

By John Lee. Passengers arriving in Lebanon on flights from are reportedly being forced to receive oral polio vaccinations. Writing in Rudaw, Judit Neurink says “these forced immunization boosters are a human rights violation, as they breech the integrity of one’s one body. More importantly, it discriminates against and scandalizes a whole population already plagued […]

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Iraq: One-Year Polio Free

On 7th April, Iraq has gone one year since wild poliovirus paralyzed a 34 month old girl on the outskirts of Baghdad. The young girl, as well as a 7-month old boy who was the first polio case in Iraq, were both systematically missed by both routine immunization and outreach campaigns and contracted wild poliovirus […]

Successful Mass Polio Immunization Campaign

A mass polio immunization campaign that was carried out this week in the midst of ongoing violence in Iraq has concluded successfully in all 18 Governorates throughout the country. The campaign was the first national polio vaccination activity since May. The five-day campaign was conducted between 14 and 18 September and was organized by the […]

Mass Polio Vaccination Campaign

Mass Polio Vaccination Campaign Supported by WHO and UNICEF Kicks Off in Iraq Iraq has launched a polio immunization campaign aiming to protect over four million children under the age of 5 throughout the country against the crippling disease. The four-day campaign, undertaken by the Ministry of Health with the support of WHO and UNICEF, […]

UNICEF Receives Polio Vaccine

UNICEF received one million doses of polio vaccine in Erbil on Saturday, marking the first ever occasion of such a delivery directly to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). Following on its recent agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to greatly expand immunization efforts in the KR-I, Saturday’s shipment will support the joint UNICEF, […]

AMAR Fights Polio Outbreak in Iraq

AMAR is working alongside Iraq’s Ministry of Health to help fight an outbreak of polio – the first in 14 years — helping the Ministry step up its vaccination campaign to prevent the disease from spreading. On March 30th, officials from the World Health Organisation confirmed a 6 year old boy in Baghdad had contracted […]

First Mass Vaccination Since Polio Found in Iraq

Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt today, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over the next five days. For Iraq, this will be the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March in a six-month-old boy from Rusafa, northern […]