USAID grants $10 million to WHO for Iraq

Published April 1st, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a $10 million, one-year grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen the overall health system in Iraq.  


This grant is part of USAID's planned reconstruction assistance to the Iraqi people to help maintain stability, ensure the delivery of essential services, and facilitate economic recovery. 


Under the terms of the grant, WHO will work with the Ministry of Health to identify and address the most immediate and short-term health needs of the population while also strengthening health sector policy and systems such as health information. Specific activities supported under the grant include monitoring diseases and health status, responding to outbreaks of communicable diseases, rehabilitating health facilities and laboratories, training health staff, and assisting in the management and coordination of donor support and health partners working in Iraq. 


The health sector in Iraq has suffered from decades of deterioration in infrastructure, technical and managerial capacity, and weakened essential public services. Many Iraqis, especially women and children, are extremely vulnerable and are at greater risk for disease and infection.  


The agency has been working with the Iraqi health authorities since 1947. WHO will use both the Iraq Health Information System and non-traditional information sources such as surveys, rapid assessments and other studies to identify gaps in the Iraqi health system and prioritize activities. — ( 


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