Cholera and conflict in Iraq: Update and funding request - October 2015

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Cholera strikes conflict-affected Iraq

  • The Ministry of Health of Iraq, in consultation with WHO, declared a cholera outbreak on 15 September 2015 in response to an increasing number of cholera cases.

  • As of 6 October, there have been 1039 confirmed cases of cholera reported in 13 governorates.

  • Ongoing conflict has taken a toll on health services – more than 170 health facilities are non-functional.

  • While a critical funding shortfall disrupted key health projects during July and August, careful reprogramming and an injection of funding saved some 100 health projects from being completely shut down.

  • However, 46 critical WHO and Health Cluster projects are at risk unless further funding is received by the end of the year.