Baghdad, 23 February 2016 – In 2015, a rapid response by government and humanitarian partners in Iraq successfully contained a deadly cholera outbreak, which quickly spread from districts around Baghdad to areas across the country culminating in nearly 3,000 confirmed cases. Efforts continue relentlessly in 2016, to avoid future possible outbreaks.

10 February 2016, Baghdad, Iraq: WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan is meeting senior health officials from the Ministry of Health in Baghdad and local and international health partners to discuss a number of emerging health needs and challenges in the country. The Regional Director and Her Excellency the Minister of Health Dr Adila Hammoud have discussed and endorsed a joint WHO/Ministry of Health biennial cooperation plan for 2016–2017.

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