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3 May 2018, Cairo – World Hand Hygiene Day, marked globally on 5 May, highlights the importance of hand hygiene in health care. The slogan of this year’s campaign is “It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care”, illustrating the important relationship between good infection prevention and control practices, such as washing your hands, and preventing sepsis. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and action on infection prevention and control.

Baghdad, 02 May 2018 – A total of 68 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

Your Eminence Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Hassan Al-Taha

Dr. Salim Al-Jubouri, Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives

Your Eminence Sayed Ammar Al-Hakim

Eminences and Excellencies, distinguished attendees

Peace be upon you,

The Government of Iraq’s Joint Coordination and Monitoring Centre (JCMC), in partnership with the international community, is establishing Community Resource Centres (CRCs) to provide services at the community level in areas receiving large numbers of returning internally displaced persons (IDPs).

26 April 2018; Erbil, Iraq - The Government of Australia has committed to providing UNFPA Iraq with an allocation of AUD 12 million over three years. The timely allocation will support the emergency reproductive health (RH) and gender-based violence (GBV) related services in the country.

Ramadi, Iraq, 26 April 2018 - Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Ján Kubiš visited Anbar Governorate today, pressing ahead with his call on Iraqis to seize the opportunity of the upcoming parliamentary elections to make their voices heard and effect positive change.

Najaf, 25 April 2018 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, met with Adel Edan, Head of the IHEC office in Najaf, with whom he discussed the preparations in the Governorate for the Council of Representatives elections scheduled for 12 May 2018. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mr. Kubiš said that he was encouraged by the public interest, in particular among youth and women, in the elections in the Holy City and was pleased with the progress of the electoral process.

Lalish, Iraq - Despite the tragedy that befell the Yazidi community since the onslaught of the Dae’sh terrorist group in Iraq in 2014, leading to persecution of thousands of Yazidis and mass destruction of Iraqi heritage, culture and infrastructure, the community in Iraq and from the diaspora joyously convened on 18 April 2018 at the grand Yazidi Temple in Lalish, in Northern Iraq, to celebrate Sari Sali (New Year) for the first time with the country freed from the terrorists who have deliberately and systematically singled out Yazidi men for annihilation and women for enslavement.

Triumph over adversity: Yazidis celebrate Sari Sali!

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