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    Funding Shortfall Leaves Millions in Iraq Without Health Services - WHO

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    Nearly three million people displaced by the conflict in Iraq are without health services because of a significant shortfall in donor-generated funding, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The WHO explained that it received only $5 million, or 8 percent, of the $61 million pledged by international donors to fund health care services in 2015.

    “A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84 percent of health programs supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving almost three million people without access to urgently needed heath care services,” WHO said.

    The funding shortfall is impacting the ability of WHO and other humanitarian organizations to provide healthcare services to refugees, as well as internally displaced persons.

    More than 5 million vulnerable people in the war torn country rely on WHO and humanitarian organizations for basic healthcare needs.

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