Published on: 10/12/2018

When the ISIL took over Iraq's second largest city, Mosul in mid-2014, most maternity wards and hospitals were closed, while the ones that remained open were not easily accessible which put the lives of approximately 60,000 pregnant women at a big risk.

Responding to the massive displacement was an immense challenge to UNFPA. The Agency relied on a camp-centric aid approach and mobilised all its available resources to front-line areas, providing basic services to civilians still located within newly or nearly liberated Mosul neighbourhoods.

Over two years, the Fund established 46 Community and Women Centres, distributed more than 220,00 dignity kits, supported 62 reproductive health facilities allowing the safe delivery of more than 33,000 babies and providing close to 500,000 consultations.