UNFPA Iraq

Despite boasting significant natural resources and skilled human capital, Iraq’s development has been marred by decades of wars, international sanctions and internal strife. Active in Iraq since 2004, UNFPA focuses on improving the life of women and youth by providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care information and services, supporting programmes to empower women, encouraging youth leadership and participation, and working to incorporate youth issues into national development strategies. UNFPA also provides support during humanitarian emergencies.

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Key results of Iraq in 2019

Sexual and reproductive health in emergency preparedness plans

Sexual and reproductive health was integrated into emergency preparedness plans

Emergency obstetric and newborn care

Emergency obstetric and newborn care coverage was met, as per the international recommended minimum standards

Adolescent-friendly Sexual and reproductive health services

Quality assured, adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health services were provided in at least 25 per cent of public health facilities

Maternal death notification

At least 25 per cent of the estimated maternal deaths were notified

Sexual and reproductive health coordination body during crisis

During a humanitarian crisis, a functioning inter-agency sexual and reproductive health coordination body was in place

Men and boys

A national mechanism was in place to engage men and boys in national policies and programmes

Gender-based violence platform

A national mechanism to engage multiple stakeholders to prevent and address gender-based violence was in place

Common data set

A common operational data set on population statistics was produced

Demographic dynamics

Demographic dynamics were integrated into their national development plans

Minimum Initial Services Package

290 Health service providers and managers were trained on the minimum initial service package

Life skills programmes for girls

51056 Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

179 Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls

Child, early and forced marriage

162796 Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Female genital mutilation

3204 Girls and women received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to female genital mutilation

Essential services for gender-based violence survivors

554480 Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package

Sexual and reproductive health in emergency preparedness plans

Sexual and reproductive health was integrated into emergency preparedness plans

Emergency obstetric and newborn care

Emergency obstetric and newborn care coverage was met, as per the international recommended minimum standards

Adolescent-friendly Sexual and reproductive health services

Quality assured, adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health services were provided in at least 25 per cent of public health facilities

Maternal death notification

At least 25 per cent of the estimated maternal deaths were notified

Sexual and reproductive health coordination body during crisis

During a humanitarian crisis, a functioning inter-agency sexual and reproductive health coordination body was in place

Men and boys

A national mechanism was in place to engage men and boys in national policies and programmes

Gender-based violence platform

A national mechanism to engage multiple stakeholders to prevent and address gender-based violence was in place

Common data set

A common operational data set on population statistics was produced

Demographic dynamics

Demographic dynamics were integrated into their national development plans

Minimum Initial Services Package

290 Health service providers and managers were trained on the minimum initial service package

Life skills programmes for girls

51056 Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

179 Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls

Child, early and forced marriage

162796 Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Female genital mutilation

3204 Girls and women received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to female genital mutilation

Essential services for gender-based violence survivors

554480 Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package

Emergencies Key results

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of SRH services
    518,611
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    12,283
    Total people reached with Adolescent SRH
    60,647
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    12,762
    Affected population reached with Family Planning services
    57,284
  • Services delivered
    Number of mobile clinics
    3
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    11
    Number of safe spaces
    94
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    713
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    8,044
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    8,632

Programme Activities

All Resources
  • All resources
  • Core
  • Non - core
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Analysis on population dynamics
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Analysis on population dynamics
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Analysis on population dynamics

Iraq 2019 Programme Activities data

Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
Increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning, maternal health and HIV) that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access
Total Spending:
$11,332,234
Implemented by:
UNFPA $5,174,520 (46%)
NGO $6,157,714 (54%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (7)
Non-core Resources (93)
Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health services
Total Spending:
$11260556
Implemented by:
UNFPA $5128508 (46%)
NGO $6132048 (54%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (7%)
Non-core Resources (93%)
Sexual and reproductive health Policies
Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health policies
Total Spending:
$32846
Implemented by:
UNFPA $32846 (100%)
Funded by:
Non-core Resources (100%)
Health workforce capacity
Increased national capacity to deliver health workforce capacity
Total Spending:
$38832
Implemented by:
UNFPA $13166 (34%)
NGO $25666 (66%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (12%)
Non-core Resources (88%)
Adolescents and youth
Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health
Total Spending:
$1,416,667
Implemented by:
UNFPA $647,719 (46%)
NGO $768,949 (54%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (9)
Non-core Resources (91)
Adolescents and youth
Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth and their human rights/needs in national laws, policies, programmes, including in humanitarian settings
Total Spending:
$608852
Implemented by:
UNFPA $608852 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (14%)
Non-core Resources (86%)
Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth skills and capabilites
Total Spending:
$495886
Implemented by:
UNFPA $38867 (8%)
NGO $457019 (92%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (7%)
Non-core Resources (93%)
Youth leadership and participation
Increased national capacity to design and implement community and school based comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes that promote human rights and gender equality
Total Spending:
$311930
Implemented by:
NGO $311930 (100%)
Funded by:
Non-core Resources (100%)
Gender equality
Advanced gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth
Total Spending:
$5,941,934
Implemented by:
UNFPA $1,474,691 (25%)
NGO $4,162,138 (70%)
GOV $305,105 (5%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (7)
Non-core Resources (93)
Protection rights
Strengthened international and national protection systems for advancing reproductive rights, promoting gender equality and non-discrimination and addressing gender-based violence
Total Spending:
$5199952
Implemented by:
UNFPA $1049281 (20%)
NGO $3944491 (76%)
GOV $206180 (4%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (5%)
Non-core Resources (95%)
Ending harmful practices
Increased capacity to prevent gender-based violence and harmful practices and enable the delivery of multisectoral services, including in humanitarian settings
Total Spending:
$541829
Implemented by:
UNFPA $266107 (49%)
NGO $217647 (40%)
GOV $58075 (11%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (10%)
Non-core Resources (90%)
Gender equality laws and policies
Strengthened engagement for promoting gender equality and non-discrimination and addressing gender-based violence
Total Spending:
$181478
Implemented by:
UNFPA $140628 (77%)
GOV $40850 (23%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (54%)
Non-core Resources (46%)
Gender and sociocultural norms
Strengthened engagement of civil society organizations to promote reproductive rights and women's empowerment, and address discrimination
Total Spending:
$18675
Implemented by:
UNFPA $18675 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Analysis on population dynamics
development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
Total Spending:
$866,690
Implemented by:
UNFPA $142,812 (16%)
NGO $78,010 (9%)
GOV $645,868 (75%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (13)
Non-core Resources (87)
National population data system
Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic
Total Spending:
$866690
Implemented by:
UNFPA $142812 (16%)
NGO $78010 (9%)
GOV $645868 (75%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (13%)
Non-core Resources (87%)

Programme Documentation

CPD IRAQ [2020-2024] (DP/FPA/CPD/IRQ/3)

Cycle: 2020-2024

CPD Iraq [2016-2019] (DP/FPA/CPD/IRQ/2)

Cycle: 2016-2019

CPE Iraq [2015] (DP/FPA/2015/4)

Cycle: 2015

CPD Iraq [2011-2014] (DP/FPA/CPD/IRQ/1)

Cycle: 2011-2014

UNDAF Iraq [2011-2014]

Cycle: 2011-2014

CPAP Iraq [2011-2014]

Cycle: 2011-2014

Audit of the UNFPA Country Office in Iraq

Issue date: 21 February 2018

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Technical notes and sources
  • The results featured here are only a selection of key results in line with strategic plan 2014-17 indicators. The selection does not reflect the full picture of all results achieved during the strategic plan cycle by UNFPA programme countries.
  • The source of data for most country level indicators is the UNFPA country annual reports for 2014-2017, unless stated otherwise
  • Results featured are cumulative - i.e., achieved between the 2014 and 2017 timeframe, and reflect the net situation, true as of the year selected
  • Majority of the results are captured from 127 UNFPA programme countries
  • Indicators that are marked ‘not achieved’ could imply any of the following conditions:
    • The country may have achieved the result without the support of UNFPA
    • The country has not targeted the given indicator during the 2014-2017 period
    • UNFPA is supporting this area of work, but the result has not yet been achieved

Notes for key results

  • Maternal deaths averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Unintended pregnancies averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Unsafe abortions averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Number of countries that developed midwifery workforce policies based on international standards: Baseline data not available
  • Number of fistula repair surgeries supported: Baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that implemented at least 8 out of the UNFPA 10-step strategic-approach to comprehensive condom programming: Results achieved in 2014-2016 only
  • Number of countries that have capacity to implement the Minimum Initial Service Package at the onset of a crisis: UNFPA reflected non-cumulative figures for this indicator; the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) is a series of crucial actions required to respond to reproductive health needs at the onset of every humanitarian crisis. View here for more information on MISP
  • Percentage of countries affected by humanitarian crises that have functioning inter-agency gender-based violence coordination body as a result of UNFPA guidance and leadership: Baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that established comprehensive plan to report on UNFPA-supported Sustainable Development Goal indicators: Results achieved in 2017 only; baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that established online national population data platforms that are publicly accessible by users: : Results achieved in 2017 only; baseline data not available
  • Number of countries in which the capacity of national statistical authorities was developed to analyse and use disaggregated data on adolescent and youth: Baseline data not available; UNFPA reflected non-cumulative figures for this indicator
  • Number of countries that generated and used sub-national estimates of population, health and social data: Baseline data not available

The designations employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNFPA concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.