Iraq

Photo: Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger, Iraq
Population
36.4 million
Human Development Index
121 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
119 employees
Program Start
2013

People Helped in 2018: 452,364

897
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
450,077
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
1,390
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Today, Iraqi Kurdistan is facing two crises -- the influx of both Syrian refugees and Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs). After the recapture of Mosul and the territories occupied by Islamic State (IS) in December 2017, the Iraqi government officially announced an end to the war on IS. Humanitarians are now able to access new areas in the country, reaching previously inaccessible populations with aid. 

An estimated 8.7 million people are in need of humanitarian or protection assistance, including displaced persons, returnees, host communities and Syrian refugees. More than 31,000 homes have been destroyed, as well as hundreds of facilities and projects of commercial and public infrastructure. The World Health Organization estimates that 35.5% of adults affected by the crisis have psychological disorders, marked by aggression, sadness, apathy, flashbacks, nightmares and hyperexcitation. In addition, 5.4 million people need water, sanitation and hygiene support.

Action Against Hunger supports Syrian refugees, internally displaced people, and host communities. Our teams employ a multisector approach, combining all our fields of expertise. Our food security and livelihoods programs provided business grants, cash for work, kitchen garden development, and the construction or rehabilitation of greenhouse and irrigation systems. Our water, sanitation and hygiene teams rehabilitate drainage and water networks, schools and health facilities, distribute hygiene and shelter kits, and promote good hygiene.

Our mental health and infant care programs included emergency psychological support, women’s, men’s and children’s group sessions, individual follow-up, the establishment of baby spaces, and training for mental health professionals. Our nutrition and health programs focus on screening and treating malnutrition and strengthening the capacity of health centers.