5.6 million Iraqis at risk amid U.N. funding crisis

The U.N. says a funding crisis has led to the closure of a majority of health programs in Iraq. 

The World Health Organization said the U.N. appeal for health services received only $5.1 million — just 8 percent of the $60.9 million required, which has forced more than 184 front line health services in 10 governorates to suspend operation. 

It said 84 percent of health programs in Iraq have been shuttered. Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO's representative in Iraq, warned Tuesday that "unless additional funding is received, millions more will be deprived of health services they urgently need." 

He said WHO is contacting donors and hopes funding will be provided to restore the suspended activities and provide funds to reach 5.6 million vulnerable Iraqis. 

The Associated Press

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