Iraq Humanitarian Emergency

A refugee woman plays with a baby girl in a women's centre.
UNFPA Iraq/Turchenkova

Iraq is in the midst of a dire humanitarian crisis. Millions of Iraqis have been internally displaced by the fighting between government forces and armed non-state actors. This includes the Yazidi minority group, which has been the target of many kinds of brutality. There are over 3 million internally displaced persons in Iraq. The HRP for 2017 estimated that IDP number will reach 4.2 million duing the coure of the year. Compounding the situation are the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in the country. During crises, one in five women of childbearing age is likely to be pregnant, and some 60 per cent of maternal deaths occur in countries affected by humanitarian crises and fragile contexts. Whether a woman lives or dies in a crisis can depend on whether she has access to life saving emergency obstetric care and critical sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, including contraception. With countless women and expecting mothers unable to access life-saving SRH services or protection, UNFPA and partners are working to provide humanitarian relief by providing RH supplies, dignity kits, establishing women’s centers and safe spaces, setting up reproductive health clinics and delivery rooms, and deploying mobile clinics and trained personnel to assist survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

Country Population: 36.4 mil
Level of Crisis:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Humanitarian needs

11.00 million
2.64 million
3.41 million
Last updated on - 01 January 2017

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2017

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of SRH services
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries
    Affected population who directly benefited from all types of emergency RH kits
    Affected population reached with Family Planning services
  • Services delivered
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    Number of safe spaces
    Maternity health facilities/tents/homes operationalized with UNFPA support
    Dignity Kits distributed
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Personnel trained on psycho-social support
    Health personnel trained on gender-based violence case management

Emergencies updates and resources

  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.