Baghdad, Iraq - 05 March 2017| The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF in coordination with the Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health of Kurdistan Region today launched the country’s second and last national polio campaign for 2017.

23 January 2017 – A national immunization days campaign has today commenced in Iraq and targets over 6 million children aged 0 to 5 years of age. Supported by the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF the door-to-door campaign is being conducted for 5 days and will include the newly liberated areas in Mosul where thousands of children have been deprived of vaccines due to the ongoing conflict. Over 400,000 children in the newly liberated areas of Mosul will be reached.

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BAGHDAD, 18 December 2016 – The Federal Ministry of Health in coordination with the Kurdistan Region Ministry of Health and with the support of UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), today launched a 12-day campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against polio and measles.

Bagdhad, Iraq – Today, on World Polio Day the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a weeklong nationwide campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against polio.

Baghdad, 19 September 2016. The Debaga IDP camp in Erbil governorate hosts around 33,000 persons from villages near Qayyara District in Ninewa Governorate. This displacement occurred as the Iraq Government engages in military action in preparation to regain control of Mosul. . Over 15,000 children in Debaga camp were at very high risk of measles and polio due as they had no access to immunization activities for about two years

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BAGHDAD, February 28th, 2016 – The 2016 first round of nationwide polio vaccination campaign has started.

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A five day nationwide polio immunization campaign targeting 5.8 million children under five years of age in Iraq will commence Sunday 12 April and will be marked by launch events on 12 April in Baghdad, organized by the Ministry of Health Iraq, and on 13 April in Erbil organized by the Kurdistan Regional Ministry of Health. WHO and UNICEF shall join both events with Rotary International delegates attending the launch in Erbil. The immunization campaign comes a month to the one year mark since the last case of polio was reported in Iraq, and is being conducted with emphasis on vaccinating every single child under five years of age throughout country.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 13:09

Iraq: One-Year Polio Free

7 April 2015, Erbil: Today, 7 April, Iraq has gone one year since wild poliovirus paralyzed a 34 month old girl on the outskirts of Baghdad. The young girl, as well as a 7-month old boy who was the first polio case in Iraq, were both systematically missed by both routine immunization and outreach campaigns and contracted wild poliovirus type 1. The poliovirus, which typically affects children with paralysis and sometimes death, started in a Syrian community after the virus made its way from Pakistan to Egypt, then to eventually to children in eastern Syria. 

03 November 2014 | ERBIL - As the humanitarian situation in Iraq deteriorates, the health needs of the 1.8 million internally displaced persons in the country are rising, particularly in the Kurdistan Region and Anbar. Mass population movement within the country and from the neighboring Syria poses a risk of potential disease outbreaks such as polio and measles among the displaced people.

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ERBIL, 23 September 2014 – A mass polio immunization campaign that was carried out this week in the midst of ongoing violence in Iraq has concluded successfully in all 18 Governorates throughout the country. The campaign was the first national polio vaccination activity since May. 

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