News Outlets Discuss Ongoing, Needed Health Responses To Emergency Situations In Iraq

Devex: Emerging best practices from Iraq for psychosocial support in emergencies
“…The astounding level of psychological trauma [among the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have lived under ISIS and then often been displaced by military efforts aimed at dislodging the militants] has transformed the relief operation in a way that aid workers say they haven’t seen in other emergencies. Aid groups are developing new strategies to provide usually limited psychological services on a massive scale. They are finding new tactics and allies along the way, and discarding interventions that fail. Specifically, aid groups are turning to the relatively new concept of Psychological First Aid…” (Dickinson, 4/10).

U.N. News Centre: Urgent action needed to stave off ‘hunger crisis’ in Iraq — U.N. food relief agency
“Warning that deepening food insecurity in Iraq could leave more than half the population facing ‘unprecedented levels’ of vulnerability, the United Nations emergency food relief agency [Monday] called for improving nutrition awareness and strengthening social safety nets and livelihoods in rural areas, to avoid a hunger crisis in the country. In its Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis, prepared jointly with the Iraqi Government, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) also underlined the need to improve access to education, especially for girls, as an important component in the fight against hunger…” (4/10).

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: U.N. agency ramps up emergency medical care to women and girls affected by conflict
“The United Nations population agency, with financial support from the European Union (E.U.), has increased its humanitarian response in Iraq to meet the urgent needs of women and girls as fighting peaks in the war-torn country. Thanks to an additional five million euros contribution by the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) is able to up-scale its urgent frontline assistance…” (4/10).

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