UNAMI: The Lack of funding threatens to close health centers in Iraq

BAGHDAD, The United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) warned that the lack of funding threatens the closure of health centers serving about one million displaced people and returnees, pointing out that the support for health services in Iraq has declined significantly since the end of the Mosul campaign since more than a year ago.

UNAMI said in a report that "four health partners (the UN-run health group) closed 22 health service centers in 2018 due to lack of funds," noting that "this has left major gaps in the provision of health care for children, women and men displaced from their homes who have returned to areas with a devastating infrastructure. "

The Mission explained"/38/ per cent of the total health facilities supported by nine partners in the Health Cluster face the risk of closure at the end of July,", warning that the closure would "increase the risk of infectious disease outbreaks and decrease recovery efforts in areas devastated by the conflict."

"The facilities now provide health services to more than 900,000 displaced Iraqis living in host communities," the mission said, adding that the services include "treatment of common diseases, gynecological services, pediatric vaccines, nutritional screening and referral of complex medical conditions for advanced treatment."

"Only $ 8.4 million has been raised so far out of the $ 67.4 million needed by health partners to implement the 2018 humanitarian response plan," the UN mission said, stressing that "health partners now need $ 54 million in emergency response to the humanitarian response plan" .

Source: National Iraqi News Agency