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UNICEF Iraq Distributes Winter Clothing

Bitterly cold winter weather in Iraq has compounded the dire situation facing more than one million children, as the country continues to suffer from widespread violence and displacement. Official estimates indicate that over 2.1 million people, over half of whom are children, are displaced across Iraq. The vast majority of the displaced have fled to […]

Sinjar Refugees Move to New UN-Habitat Camp

Days before snow was expected to fall in the foothills of Dohuk, Iraq, 900 families are moving into the new camp for internally-displaced persons (IDPs) built through the collaboration of 8 UN agencies planned and led by UN-Habitat. UN-Habitat’s acting Regional Director from Arab States, Mr Dyfed Aubrey and UN-Habitat’s Country Director Dr Erfan Ali […]

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, […]

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 […]

New Schools in Syrian Refugee Camps

It’s been nearly two months since the government in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq reopened its borders to accept refugees fleeing conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic. Some 63,000 Syrian people have crossed the border since mid-August. In mid-September, as the school year was about to begin, two of these refugees, at two different camps, […]

More Progress Required on Landmines

Iraq continues to be one of the most contaminated countries in the world with landmines and unexploded ordinance. Today, on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the United Nations calls for more progress to eliminate the threat of landmines to Iraqis. “Landmines and unexploded ordinance continue to terribly affect Iraqis, […]

Iraq Launches National Education Strategy

The Government of Iraq has launched a new national education strategy to improve access to quality education for Iraq’s 33 million citizens. “This is Iraq’s first ever national education strategy, which is unique in both Iraq and the region,” said Dr. Mohammed Ali Tamim, Iraq’s Minister of Education. “This strategy will respond to the needs […]

Conference on Child Labor in Dohuk

A conference against child labor began in Dohuk on Sunday. According to the report from Aknews, the event is hosted by an organization called Nubahar, an NGO that fights child labor. “The findings of the conference will be sent to related committees in the Kurdish parliament and to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs”, […]

Half of Iraq's Water is Wasted

Fifty percent of water resources are wasted in Iraq, where six million people have no access to clean water, the United Nations said on Monday, the eve of World Water Day, reports AFP. "Iraq faces difficulties in meeting the target of 91 percent of households using a safe drinking water supply by 2015," due to […]