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Vaccines alone cannot beat polio in Iraq*

DUBAI, 10 April 2014 (IRIN) - A countrywide vaccination campaign is under way in Iraq following the country’s first confirmed case of polio in 14 years, but public health experts warn it will take more than immunization to beat the virus. full report

Lack of funding threatens aid response in Iraq's Anbar Province

DUBAI, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Funding shortages are threatening relief operations in Iraq's troubled Anbar Province, where violent clashes have led to the displacement of more than 400,000 people in three month. Without additional funding, some aid agencies would have to cease operations within one month. full report

Turkey’s ambitions as a rising donor

ANKARA, 27 March 2014 (IRIN) - From humble beginnings, Turkey is maturing into a major player in international humanitarian aid, becoming the world’s fourth largest government donor of humanitarian aid in 2012. And as it has grown, Turkey’s aid has taken its own form - largely bilateral and on the frontlines - arousing both critics and admirers. full report

Displacement, violence likely cause of Iraq’s first polio case in 14 years

DUBAI, 24 March 2014 (IRIN) - Health officials in Iraq are stepping up polio immunization and surveillance following the first confirmed case of the virus in the country in 14 years. full report

UAE aid - a top 20 donor plans to get bigger

DUBAI, 6 March 2014 (IRIN) - Atop a tall metal pole some 80km north of the Jordanian capital, Amman, a giant United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag flaps near the entrance to a Syrian refugee camp. full report

US$103 million appeal to help Anbar IDPs

DUBAI, 5 March 2014 (IRIN) - The UN launches an emergency appeal for US$103 million to fund the response effort in Iraq’s Anbar Province, where fighting between government forces and Islamic insurgents and other militant groups has displaced more than 400,000 people. full report

Old fault lines, new flashpoints in Iraq’s Anbar

DUBAI, 7 February 2014 (IRIN) - In just over four weeks, more than 260,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Iraq’s Anbar Province, creating a new humanitarian crisis in a country already straining to cope with an upsurge in sectarian killings. full report

As fighting continues in Anbar, displaced numbers soar

DUBAI, 5 February 2014 (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of people continue to flee fierce fighting between government security forces, Islamic militants and tribal groups in western Iraq, while many are believed to be trapped in what are being described as siege-like conditions, sealed off from aid. full report

Child labour climbs among Iraqi refugees in Lebanon

BEIRUT, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - A new report by the NGO Caritas, which has been providing support for Iraqi refugees in the country for over a decade, says a growing number of children are being forced into labour. full report

Arab Spring complicates shifting demands in health sector

LONDON, 30 January 2014 (IRIN) - Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty. full report

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