USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) assesses several IDP locations in Erbil Governorate.
The Government of Iraq (GoI) continues national polio vaccination campaign, targeting an estimated 5.8 million children under the age of five.
Regional authorities and relief actors work to relocate IDPs from schools to prevent further academic year delays.
On September 18, the DART visited several IDP sites in Erbil to assess relief efforts, which to date have focused on health, food, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support. The DART noted that IDPs require improved WASH facilities—including the installation of additional latrines—to reduce the risk of communicable diseases.
Humanitarian access outside of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) remains limited due to ongoing fighting and recent incidents of violence against aid workers in the region, international media report. Several international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have suspended activities in besieged areas, particularly those controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). However, many relief organizations continue to provide emergency assistance to affected populations via local implementing partners.
On September 26, the U.N. Humanitarian Country Team in Iraq released the Humanitarian Needs Overview—which comprehensively describes the effects of the complex emergency and identifies needs of conflict-affected Iraqis. The U.N. plans to release a corresponding revised Strategic Response Plan—spanning the period between February 2014 and December 2015—in the coming weeks.
Insecurity in northern and central Iraq has displaced more than 1.7 million people to approximately 1,700 IDP locations countrywide, according to IOM. Five of Iraq’s eighteen governorates are hosting nearly 73 percent of the IDPs, the U.N. reports.