Iraq

UNICEF Iraq Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report, March 2015

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  • The Iraq Humanitarian Profile (OCHA, 31 March) estimates that 8.29 million people across Iraq are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

  • As of 26 March, 2.68 million individuals are internally displaced across 3,038 distinct locations in Iraq (IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix). The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has increased their planning figure to 2.7 million IDPs.

  • In March 2015, UNICEF and the Governorate of Dahuk fulfilled a US$5 million agreement to disburse emergency cash assistance to 19,974 vulnerable families in ten IDP Camps in Dahuk and Ninewa Governorate.

  • From 22 February to 12 March UNICEF, supported the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the organization and implementation of the National Polio Immunization Days, reaching 5,528,792 children (including an estimated 167,186 IDPs) with polio vaccinations (98 percent of target).

  • UNICEF’s Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), provided emergency WASH assistance to 21, 000 persons in hard-to-reach areas in Anbar and Salah al-Din Governorates as part of an inter-agency convoy.

  • With the expiry of the UNCT’s major funding source at the end of March, an estimated 60 percent of humanitarian operations in Iraq, including life-saving programs through the WASH Cluster, will have to scale down or stop, if no new funds can be raised.