When the HAC appeal was reviewed, 4.1 million people, including 1.8 million children, needed humanitarian assistance. This included 2.4 million people (1 million children) facing acute humanitarian needs. However, by the end of 2021, the situation changed. According to the 2022 HNO, an estimated 2.5 million people, including 1.1 million children, need humanitarian assistance in Iraq.
For 2021, UNICEF required US$ 65.9 million to meet the critical and acute humanitarian needs of children and families in Iraq. As of December 2021, UNICEF’s response to emergency-affected people in Iraq during 2021 was 57 per cent underfunded, with a total funding gap of US$ 37.7 million.
The sectors presenting major funding gaps were Child Protection (67 per cent), WASH (62 per cent), and Health and Nutrition (45 per cent). Funding shortage had an impact on the delivery of relevant services, thereby preventing UNICEF from achieving the planned targets in a series of interventions under WASH, Child Protection and Health and Nutrition.