Contribution to the UNDP Covid-19 Program Iraq

Contract partner: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme - IraqCountry: Irak Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 01.04.2020End: 31.03.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

The aim of the UNDP Iraq’s COVID-19 program is to offer support to the Government of Iraq to strengthen its readiness, response and recovery systems and strategies in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic in the short and medium term.

Expected results

The healthcare system in target governorates in Iraq will be strengthened to respond to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, through enhanced capacities for testing, and increased infrastructural capacities to treat COVID-19 patients.

Target group / Beneficiaries

In total, UNDP aims to target 550,000 beneficiaries, the Austrian contribution can reach up to 188,678 beneficiaries. The UNDP programme aims to support the people of Iraq who are affected by COVID-19 in the Governorates of Anbar (Fallujah, Ramadi), Basra (Basra), Diyala (Baqubah), Dohuk (Dohuk), Karbala (Karbala), Kirkuk (Kirkuk), Najaf (Kufa), Ninewa (Mosul), Salah al-Din (Tikrit), Missan, Thi-qar and Babil, through the overall package of support.

The Project will be directly implemented by UNDP, in consultation and coordination with the Ministry of Health and Environment, Government of Iraq, the Governor's Offices and Directorates of Health, and the World Health Organization.


The Austrian contribution will be utilized for one or more of the following activities, addressing priority needs:

• Support to enhance case identification through the provision of medical equipment for labs;

• Equipping frontline healthcare staff with personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard them against COVID-19 virus, and enable them to continue to provide healthcare services for the people of Iraq.

• Strengthen available health facilities by establishing 20 isolation Rooms per target governorate through rehabilitation, and provision of priority medical equipment and medical furniture.

In addition to providing support for the treatment of patients with COVID-19, the overall programme also provides PPE to help safeguard frontline healthcare workers in each the designated healthcare facilities supported with the establishment of isolation rooms.



The first case of COVID-19 in Iraq was confirmed in late February 2020. Since then the disease has rapidly spread. Amidst multiple political, economic, security and social challenges, the Government has implemented measures to contain and prevent the further spread of the virus, including boosting the health system in Iraq, enacting curfews, and implementing travel restrictions across domestic and international routes. Despite these measures, the cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, with a recent spike experienced in mid-May. UNDP, at the request of the Government of Iraq (GoI), alongside WHO’s immediate response plan, developed its programmatic offer of support to strengthen GoI's readiness, response and recovery systems and strategies, in the short and medium term.

In addition to the humanitarian activities coordinated by OCHA, the UN RC/HC requested UNDP to establish a COVID-19 Programmatic Response Working Group to elaborate the UNCT's collective COVID 19 recovery strategy, outside the humanitarian response.


project number2757-02/2020
source of fundingOEZA
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Gender: 1
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    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
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