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War, prolonged sanctions, and the government's inability to provide basic services consistently have resulted in the progressive deterioration of Iraq's once well-performing health system.Within this framework, international and local health partners report to the World Health Organization to coordinate and provide medical services in Iraq. The humanitarian imperative to save lives means these actors focus on emergency response first, and other healthcare needs come second. Through the HRP, these humanitarian partners aim to reach 6.2 million highly vulnerable people by the end of 2017 . WHO, as head of the Health Cluster, provided more than $18 million in medicines and medical equipment in 2016 to help fill the gaps, which are especially pronounced in the public sector.As part of its longer-term outreach, the ICRC, one of the largest international organizations operating in health in Iraq, is urging the ministries of higher education and health to upgrade physical rehabilitation studies in the country to meet the growing need for skilled medical providers for people with disabilities.Amid interconnected crises, Iraq's already compromised public health system is struggling to provide adequate support to the growing numbers of people with disabilities and chronic diseases.
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