DFID Iraq Update No. 41

Situation Report
Originally published
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The World Food Programme reports that food distributions have begun in 17 out of 18 governorates. But in some areas security problems, such as looting of warehouses and attacks on drivers, have disrupted the effort.

UNICEF reports that 60% of child immunisation sites in Baghdad are now functioning. Its catch-up campaign for children who missed immunisation during the conflict is expected to begin in late June.

Drug distribution to main warehouses in governorates is taking place. Supplies of most essential drugs are said to be adequate. But shortages of chronic drugs persist; and secondary distribution to clinics is still a problem.

The UN reports that in the first week of June Baghdad was receiving 50-60% of its estimated electricity demand, compared with 40-40% before the conflict. However, there are still frequent blackouts.

The Coalition Provisional Authority has announced new measures to accelerate employment: (i) the establishment of a Business Support and Information Centre to facilitate contacts between international investors and the Iraqi private sector; and (ii) the establishment of a $100 million construction fund to rebuild and refurbish ministry buildings, complete public works and employ local workers on construction projects.

DFID has approved £400,000 for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): 60% of OHCHR's Iraq budget for the next six months. This will enable six human rights officers to work from UN offices around Iraq to monitor human rights issues and promote human rights in the humanitarian and reconstruction effort.


DFID now has six advisers working with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad. DFID advisers are working on humanitarian assistance and are seeking to link CPA up with Iraqi administrators, UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, relevant NGOs and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

DFID also now has four advisers working with the CPA in Basra, three advisers seconded to the UK military in Basra, and two other staff in Basra liaising with the humanitarian agencies and the UK military based there.

DFID is also financing a number of consultants working with the CPA, including the newly appointed Director of Operations, Andy Bearpark.


DFID has committed £115m to support work by humanitarian agencies in the current crisis and has £95m set aside for further contributions. A further £60 million was set aside by the Chancellor on 9 April for Departments to claim from HM Treasury for work in Iraq if and when needs arise. A list of approved funding to date is attached.

DFID also provides 19% of European Community (EC) funding for Iraq. On 9 April the European Parliament approved the release of an additional 79 million euros from the Commission's Emergency Aid Reserve, increasing their total commitment to 100 million euros.



International Federation of the Red Cross £15,500,000
Support to pre-positioning stocks, deployment of delegates, as well as disaster preparedness/response activities of the relevant National Societies.

International Committee of the Red Cross £16,500,000
Support to pre-positioning stocks, deployment of delegates, emergency medical support, water and sanitation, protection and assistance activities.

TOTAL RED CROSS £32,000,000


World Food Programme £33,000,000
Support to enable the procurement, transport and distribution of foodstuffs, including operational and logistical support. Support to the provision of the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service and the United Nations Joint Logistics Centre. Food pre-positioning for 250,000 for ten weeks. Upgrading logistics and communications capacity.

United Nations Children's Fund £9,000,000
Pre-positioning emergency supplies. Developing campaign for mine awareness. Enhance capacity of field offices. Support to key activities in water and emergency sanitation, routine immunisation and mine risk education throughout Iraq.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees £1,750,000
Winter kits for 350,000. Procurement of remaining kits for target caseload of 600,000. Site identification and deployment of additional emergency officers.

World Health Organisation £6,000,000
24 emergency health kits pre-positioned. Training on communicable diseases and awareness for CBW. Need to preposition 76 additional health kits and 20 surgical kits. Strengthen WHO field operations, logistics and communications.

Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Assistance £900,000
Deployment of personnel to Country Teams and Larnaca. Deploy IRIN officers to Cyprus, Turkey, and Jordan. Develop public information capacity. Support of information, coordination and technology in Iraq and the region.

Office of the United Nations Security Co-ordinator £600,000
Enhance current security structure with 1 Regional Security Coordination Officer, 6 Field Security Officers, oversight and training.

Food and Agriculture Organisation £1,500,000
Support to agricultural and poultry production in war-affected areas of southern Iraq to boost food security and contribute to improving the nutritional status of project beneficiaries in areas targeted.

United Nations Development Programme £7,035,100
Emergency assistance in the electricity sector focusing on Central and Southern Iraq. Work includes assessments and rapid rehabilitation.

United Nations Mines Advisory Service £4,000,000
Support to mine clearance activities and mine action co-ordination

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights £400,000



Merlin £265,000
Emergency health, mobile units, rapid health assessments

International Medical Corps £220,000
Emergency Trauma care, primary care for under 5s and pregnant woman and obstetric care

Save the Children UK £500,000
Health, non-food items and tracing

HelpAge International £150,000
Non-food items, shelter to elderly IDPs and their dependents

GOAL £305,834
Assistance and Primary Health Care to southern Iraq

BBC World Service Trust £390,600
Emergency radio programme & media audit BBC WST

War Child £613,133
Emergency bakeries programme

MedAir £295,565
Assistance to IDPs in northern Iraq

Mines Advisory Group £80,883
Mine action preparedness, mine marking and deployment of coordinators to centre/south Iraq

4RS £105,673
Assistance to vulnerable women in northern Iraq

CARE £499,070
Rehabilitation of water, sanitation and health facilities in centre/south Iraq

TOTAL NGO'S £3,425,758


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