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.