The Ministry of Health, with the support of WHO and UNICEF, conducted a five-day mass polio immunization campaign that reached 3.75 million children under the age of 5 across the country.
Food assistance has resumed in al-Anbar Governorate for the first time since May, targeting a total of 76,000 people with urgently needed food.
45 cargo flights have arrived recently in Erbil carrying 6,700 metric tons of aid.
On September 1, in coordination with the Humanitarian Country Team, a humanitarian convoy reached Amerli with 45 metric tons of life saving supplies within 24 hours of the siege being lifted.
This was followed by an inter-agency assessment mission on 3 September
The ending of the siege of the Turkman town of Amerli, in the northern governorate of Diyala, dominated media coverage of the crisis in the past week. The Humanitarian Country Team, in coordination with the local and national authorities, succeeded in distributing the first of a planned series of life-saving supply convoys to the children and families of Amerli. A humanitarian convoy reached Amerli with 45 metric tons of life saving supplies within 24 hours of the siege being lifted. Supplies included family food packs, oral rehydration kits for health clinics, emergency food rations, therapeutic food for malnourished children, family hygiene kits and more than a thousand bottles of water. An inter-agency mission to the area was conducted on 3 September to assess future humanitarian needs.
Outside of Amerli, intense fighting was reported in the disputed areas of northern Ninewa, as well as in Kirkuk governorate, northern Diyala and Salah Ad Din. The intensification of the conflict raises protection concerns, in particular possible breaches of international humanitarian law. Parties to the conflict must at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants in order to spare civilian population and property Central government funding to support the large population of displaced Iraqis now residing in the KR-I remained unresolved in the reporting period.
The Iraqi Council of Ministers sat on 2 September with a key issue tabled being the release of 500 billion IQD (42 billion USD) in aid funding to the Supreme Committee for Relief and IDP Shelter. Due to a disruption to this session, the allocation of the proposed multi-billion IQD – Government of Iraq - funding package to support those affected by the crisis remains unconfirmed. However, the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced that in the period 01 January – 31 August 2014 the government had distributed over 42 billion IQD or approx. 36 million USD in aid in 15 governorates (excluding the governorates of the KR-I).
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