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  • From illiteracy to financial literacy: Karima can now provide for her children and “keep dignity”
    Nov 8, 2016

    Basra, 8 November 2016- Widowed at an early age, raising five children including a disabled son is a tough struggle for an illiterate woman. Now a proud owner of the only minimarket in her neighbourhood, 40-year-old Karima is able to sustain her family.

  • UNDP-Shell partnership rehabilitates primary school in Basra to improve educational outcomes
    May 31, 2016

    Basra, 31 May 2016 – The long conflict in Iraq has gravely affected the education sector, imposing numerous challenges on accessibility, delivery, sustainability and quality of this vital public service. Over time, specifically the poor quality of facilities available to students can be a demotivating factor that limits learning opportunities.

  • Tuberculosis control during crisis
    May 20, 2016

    20 May 2016- The combination of sectarian violence, internal displacement and the influx of refugees from Syria poses a severe threat to tuberculosis control efforts in Iraq. Despite the dangers, UNDP has been reaching these people in war-torn areas with much needed treatment.

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