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Iraq

3,1 million

IDPs in Iraq

1.4 million

Iraqis directly exposed to the conflict

11 million

people in need of humanitarian aid

The situation

Support for victims of the Islamic State association

The fighting that has been continuing since 2014 in northern and western Iraq has displaced over 3 million Iraqis. Almost half of them have sought refuge in Kurdistan and neighbouring regions. Kurds, Yezidis, Christians and Muslims — most of them fled to escape the rapid advances of the Islamic State organization.

Constantly exposed to violence and fear, they find them- selves in a desperate humanitarian situation: unsanitary conditions, lack of hygiene, extreme difficulty in getting access to health care, etc. Iraqis directly exposed to the conflict, population groups displaced within the country, refugees from Syria and host region populations are all direct or indirect victims of this conflict.

Public services are overloaded and under immense pressure. The health care system and access to health care facilities are severely compromised by the insecurity that reigns throughout the country, placing both displaced persons and host communities in danger.

Access to primary care is considered one of the top priorities for internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to their home regions after the defeat of the Islamic State, as well as for the host population in areas where primary health care centres are overcrowded or overtaxed by a lack of resources (medical personnel, medical equipment, etc.).

Our action

Doctors of the World works in various camps spread throughout the city of Dohuk in Iraqi Kurdistan. In the Daoodia and Chamesku camps, our medical teams provide primary healthcare, sexual and reproductive healthcare, pediatric care, psychosocial support, nutritional screening and educational health programs to displaced and highly vulnerable people.

In 2015, further south in the governorate of Kirkuk, Doctors of the World set up three mobile clinics to respond to the major influx of new IDPs and the needs of host residents. Primary healthcare (including sexual and reproductive health) and psychosocial support are provided.

In 2016, Doctors of the World expanded its interventions in the governorate of Nineveh. We now have a medical team on hand to quickly and effectively respond to the needs of the people fleeing Mosul.

 

our Actions

• Providing primary health care and mental-health services for displaced persons and host communities (especially for the most vulnerable individuals in the camps and communities for displaced persons)

• Working with health authorities to deploy an intervention strategy based on Mobile Health Clinics and support to health care centres, all in close collaboration with public health directorates at the district and governorate levels.

 

Our Impact

Between 2017 et 2018, we performed:
  • 32,190
    MEDICAL AND POSTOPERATIVE CONSULTATIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE CENTRES SUPPORTED BY DOCTORS OF THE WORLD
  • 18,809
    MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS IN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
  • 10,937
    MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATIONS

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History

1990

Second Gulf War Erupts

1991

Surgical Missions, Treatment Of Sick Children, Training Of Caregivers.

2000

Creation Of Pediatric Post-Operative Care Units In 4 Baghdad Hospitals.

2003

Emergency Support To Health Facilities During The War.

2004

Doctors Of The World Leaves The Country For Safety Reasons

2006

Programs To Improve Emergency Care.

2011

Doctors Of The World Leaves The Country For Safety Reasons

2014

Emergency Aid To Displaced Populations In Iraqi Kurdistan

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