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IRAQ holds a unique place in the history of the Middle East. It has been a powerful engine of regional economic growth and trade, and a global beacon of culture and learning.
Despite a well educated and skilled human capital, significant oil revenue and large agricultural land, Iraq development is complex, impacted by three decades of wars, suppressive regime, internal turmoil, economic sanctions, heavy toll of human displacements, disabilities, and mortalities, and socio-cultural women marginalization.
More than 2,500 internally displaced Iraqis born in Duhok in two months
Erbil/ IRAQ— More than 40 babies are being born to internally displaced families every day in Duhok governorate within Kurdistan Region, official statistics show. According to Duhok Health Directorate figures, approximately 2,700 newborns to internally displaced families were registered in two months.
Dr. Bakhtiar Ahmed, head of the technical department at Duhok Health Directorate said UNFPA support for 55 health service providers was very crucial and "contributed effectively to assuring safe place and services for the delivery of more than 2,700 internally displaced women across Duhok Governorate". He added that UNFPA’s support and contribution is highly appreciated and looked forward to receiving the same support for the next months ahead.
In response to the crisis, UNFPA is providing the Ministry of Health of Kurdistan Region with technical support, equipment and reproductive health kits, with funding support from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
August 2014: Highest-Level of Emergency Declared in Iraq
UNITED NATIONS, New York – UN officials have declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency,” the highest-level emergency designation. Over a million people have been displaced by violence, and many more are at risk, with hostilities limiting access to essential services.
The humanitarian needs are growing rapidly. “The size and pace of the crisis [have] overwhelmed local communities, particularly in Duhok Governorate,” said the most recent situation report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
UNFPA has distributed thousands of dignity kits, containing hygiene supplies, to families in Duhok, where tens of thousands of families are displaced. Among them, it is estimated up to 19,000 women could be pregnant.
With support from a donation from Saudi Arabia, UNFPA has deployed mobile clinics and distributed medical supplies, providing antenatal, maternal and safe delivery care to displaced Iraqis.
But the conditions are taking a toll on expectant mothers. Fatima, a pregnant woman in Garmawa camp, in Ninewa Governorate, asked UNFPA, “If I give birth, where will I put the baby in all this heat?”
May 2014: Strengthening and Scaling up Family Planning Services in Iraq
The Iraqi Ministry of Health and the Regional Ministry of Health of Kurdistan have organized series of consultative meetings and workshops in Erbil during April and May 2014, for the purpose of monitoring, strengthening and scaling up Family Planning Services. These meetings and workshops were technically supported by WHO and UNFPA and were attended by FP program managers, researchers from Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and from the Iraqi Reproductive Health and Family Planning Association (IRHFPA). During these workshops the participants conducted situation analysis at 5 levels: policies, inputs, services delivery, outputs and outcomes.
April 2014: Launching the National Populating Policy in Iraq
17 April 2014; The Iraqi Higher Population Council, and in cooperation with UNFPA, launched the National Population Policy and the document of “Management and Mechanisms of Population Policy Implementation”.
The Population Policy is aiming at improving the living conditions of Iraqi people in terms of health, education and effective participation in social, economic and political life in the country.