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UN says majority of health programs suspended in Iraq


United Nations: The UN says a funding crisis has led to the closure of a majority of health programs in Iraq.

The World Health Organisation said the UN appeal for health services received only USD 5.1 million just eight per cent of the USD 60.9 million required, which has forced more than 184 front line health services in 10 governorates to suspend operation. It said 84 per cent of health programs in Iraq have been shuttered.

Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO’s representative in Iraq, warned yesterday that “unless additional funding is received, millions more will be deprived of health services they urgently need.”

He said WHO is contacting donors and hopes funding will be provided to restore the suspended activities and provide funds to reach 5.6 million vulnerable Iraqis.

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