When coronavirus pandemic restrictions started in March 2020, movement in Iraq on the ground became difficult for many service providers and aid organizations. To reach vulnerable populations, 19 Local Peace Committees (LPCs) supported and empowered by UNDP Iraq to respond to community needs and mitigate conflict sprung into motion in April to help families and individuals cope with the impacts of the pandemic. LPC members, community-based organizations, and volunteers worked tirelessly to identify vulnerable families, assemble and distribute food and hygiene packages, educate the public about COVID-19 prevention, and sanitize public spaces.
During the first campaign launched in Spring 2020, LPCs in Salah al-Din, Anbar and Ninewa reached 64, 181 beneficiaries. During the second campaign, from December 2020 to January 2021, 47, 473 beneficiaries were reached, for a total of 111, 654.