A Kurdish official has reported that USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, has allocated $80 million to develop the health sector in Iraq.
Speaking to AKnews on Tuesday, Khalis Qadir, spokesman for Kurdistan's Health Ministry, said USAID announced the allocation on Monday in a conference in Tikrit, 140 km northwest of Baghdad.
The Kurdish health officials also participated in the teleconference where the organization also illustrated the health projects it implemented in Iraq in 2009. Qadir said last year's projects were basically for areas other than Kurdistan Region, "but this year Kurdistan will take the greater part."
The fund is to be spent on capacity building, training, and generally improving services in health centers, according to the spokesman.