Cholera in Iraq

Cholera is currently endemic in Iraq. The outbreak, which was declared in September 2015, has resulted in 4,945 confirmed cases in 17 of the 18 governorates across the country.3 The United Nations reports that approximately 3.3 million Iraqi people are displaced and would benefit from direct access to health care services. As of March 2016, the WHO has provided Iraq with 27 mobile medical clinics and 30 ambulances and health personnel are being trained to ensure governorates across Iraq are receiving care.4 For women specifically, weak health infrastructure makes supplying adequate health services an ongoing concern and access to delivery rooms in the Al-Habanyia tourist city and Al-Khaldia district in Ramadi City are limited. In January 2016, in an attempt to increase access to services, the Al-Anbar Department of Health, the WHO, and the UNFPA established two delivery rooms in these two areas. These facilities are also providing 5,150 internally displaced families in the Al-Habanyia tourist city and 12,000 families in the Al-Khaldia district with reproductive health services.5 However, women and children have been disproportionately affected by the crises in Iraq and their compromised access to reproductive health services, referrals, safe birthing options, and post-natal care remains of great concern.6

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