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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Responding in Iraq

A UNICEF-supported post-conflict assessment has found that 40 per cent of the Baghdad water network is damaged a quarter of the country’s water treatment plants are in poor condition.

Sanitation facilities are in a similarly precarious state around the country. Sewage treatment facilities are often broken and pose a threat to water supplies. UNICEF is working to avert a health disaster from lack of water and poor sanitation.

Ongoing work includes emergency repairs to the Baghdad water and sanitation system, the daily tankering of more than three million liters of potable water and the delivery of hundreds of tons of water purification chemicals and soap.

To sustain and expand these efforts, UNICEF—together with UN agencies—is currently preparing a new humanitarian appeal and has established a water and sanitation coordinating working group. Read more >



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