The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released an update on its latest aid appeal and recent activities in Iraq, writing that:
As a result of the long lasting violence, instability, economical hardship and difficult security conditions in Iraq, millions of people are in need of emergency assistance according to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The figure includes people who are socially vulnerable and in need of humanitarian assistance; displaced people inside Iraq; and externally displaced Iraqis in neighboring countries, mainly Syria and Jordan, as well as in the Gulf countries, Egypt and Lebanon.
Over the years, the countrywide health service system has been severely handicapped by power outages and irregular supply of safe water in addition to a severe shortage of medicines and equipment. According to the Ministry of Health (report 2007), one third of the people in Iraq were cut off from essential care (approximately 6,5 million people mainly in central and southern regions) and up to one third of remote areas lacked outreach services due to insecurity and staff shortages. The International Federation’s Emergency Appeals for the past four years mainly focused on supporting the Iraqi RC in emergency response to challenges pertaining to relief distributions and the deteriorating health sector. The Iraqi RC relief assistance to the most vulnerable has mainly been conducted by its youth and volunteers at the grassroots level.
The Iraq: Expanding Response to Humanitarian Crisis (MDRIQ003) Emergency Appeal, launched on 12 February 2008, was revised on 29 July 2008 due to low coverage and shortage of time for implementation. The funding situation, as of 31 October, shows 52% coverage of the Revised Emergency Appeal budget.
Read the full report here: ifrc12_08.pdf or scroll through the nine-page document below.