Iraq

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

People Helped in 2019: 78,215

12,876
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
38,800
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
26,539
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

In Iraq, an estimated 4.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Iraq’s 2014-2017 conflict with Islamic State (IS) resulted in several waves of displacements. The time spent under IS rule and the military campaigns exacerbated many issues, such as limited opportunities for livelihoods, damaged or destroyed housing and water supplies, and a breakdown of social cohesion due to past hostilities between different groups. Although the conflict with IS has since ended, the consequences of this instability and volatility continue to affect the most vulnerable groups in Iraqi society.

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Action Against Hunger supports Syrian refugees in Iraq, 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.

 

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