Local Health Committee Advocates Repair of Water Treatment Plant in Cholera Prevalent Region of Sulaymaniyah

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Sulaymaniyah province in northern Iraq recently witnessed the positive impact of one of the local health committees (LHC) established through USAID’s Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (PHCPI) in 360 primary health care clinics and communities. The LHC advocated with local government officials to fix a key health problem impacting the Rania District, 160km northwest of Sulaymaniyah city. The incidence of waterborne diseases is very high throughout Rania District, with many cases of cholera detected over the past year. One of the main causes of Rania’s waterborne diseases is the run-down and poorly maintained water treatment system that supplies 80% of the district’s water supply, resulting in contamination of the main water system.

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