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Iraq Humanitarian Fund allocates US$34M to jumpstart priority activities

19 Jul 2018


Credit: OCHA/Sylvia Rognvik

The Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF) has allocated US$34 million to support NGOs, UN agencies and Red Cross/Crescent partners in providing crucial humanitarian assistance in Iraq. Established in June 2015, the IHF aims to support humanitarian partners in responding to the complex and dynamic crisis in Iraq. The IHF aims to further strengthen the national response capacity in Iraq in 2018 and to foster partnerships between international and national actors.  This allocation has a geographical focus on the most severely affected governorates - Ninewa, Anbar and Kirkuk.

The allocation will support 82 projects through 53 international and national humanitarian partners to implement priority activities under the Humanitarian Response Plan. US$5.1 million will be specifically allocated to health projects with the aim to reach 1.6 million people. This is particularly critical as health partners urgently need US$54 million under the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan to ensure continuation of health services in conflict-affected and newly accessible areas. To date, the Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan remains only 54 per cent funded. Among the most critical humanitarian sectors, food security, gender-based violence and health remain severely underfunded.

38 per cent of health facilities at risk of closure

Due to this severe funding shortage, 38 per cent of health facilities supported by nine Health Cluster partners are at risk of closure by the end of July 2018 due to funding shortages, as announced by the World Health Organization on 17 July. This will affect more than 900,000 people who need treatment for common and more severe diseases, vaccinations, nutrition screening and gynecological services.

According to WHO, support for health services in Iraq has drastically declined since the end of the Mosul campaign just over one year ago. 22 health service delivery points have already closed this year, due to funding shortages. This has left critical gaps in humanitarian partners’ ability to provide care for both displaced persons and returnees.

IHF allocation at a glance