The 2021 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) for Iraq identified 4.1 million people, including 1.8 million children, in need of humanitarian assistance. This includes 2.4 million people (1.05 million children) facing acute humanitarian needs.
During the first semester of 2021, only US$ 9.6 million were received against a requirement of US$ 70.8 million, while US$ 8.2 million were carried over from 2020. UNICEF’s response to emergency-affected people in Iraq during the first quarter of 2021 was thus 75 per cent underfunded.
Without support from donors and partners, key programmes benefiting vulnerable emergency-affected people will be compromised; the delivery of essential services, such as provision of safe drinking water and safe sanitation services, psychosocial support and other child protection services as well as GBV prevention and response services will be seriously impaired if the above-mentioned funding gaps are not timely addressed.