KURDISTAN REGION OF IRAQ
MEDICAL MISSION, APRIL 2019
Since 2016, over 3.3 million people have been internally displaced within Iraq. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has also experienced an influx of refugees, who have primarily fled from Syria. It has been reported that 6.7 million people, or 18% of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq.
In 2019, MedGlobal partnered with MedAir, CAPNI and the local health directorate to deploy a team of 13 specialized physicians to provide free medical services in refugee camps and hospitals. Medical services were provided to over 425 internally displaced persons in the Dohuk District. Training and capacity building programs were given to 546 local healthcare workers in 6 healthcare facilities of Dohuk. Medical equipment and supplies were donated to over 2000 patients in need.
Kurdistan of Iraq
In January of 2014, the eruption of armed conflict in northern Iraq and subsequent large-scale territorial seizures by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has resulted in the displacement of millions of Iraqis and left the country in a state of mass destruction. The pace and scale of displacement makes the Iraq crisis one of the largest and most volatile in the world.
Combat operations against ISIL have led to an influx of millions of Iraqis, which fled their home towns and cities seeking safety in more secure areas like Kurdistan (the northern region of Iraq). Brutal conflicts have deeply impacted the lives of millions of Iraqis which were already suffering from decades of conflict and crisis.
Although masses of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned to their devastated home areas in 2017 (the end of the ISIL battles), more than 1.3 million are still in IDP camps across the country and rely on international assistance.
The healthcare provision in Iraqi conflict-ravaged areas presents major challenges, particularly the hard-hit health sector. Hundreds of healthcare facilities were destroyed or looted, and hundreds of healthcare providers fled in the last few years.
Despite the continuous humanitarian efforts to meet the growing needs in Iraq, many vulnerable families are unable to leave the camps due to the lack of basic services, livelihood opportunities and massive destruction in their home areas.
MedGlobal aims to provide high-quality healthcare services to the conflict-affected population in Iraq. The team will target the vulnerable populations including IDP camps (Yezidi IDPs from Sinjar Mountains, Christian IDPs, and IDPs from Mosul city and surrounding areas), Syrian refugees, and the host communities in Kurdistan region.
The initial pilot mission will occur in April of 2019 and provide three major services:
- Primary healthcare
- Workshops and training programs for the local healthcare providers to build capacity and promote sustainable solutions
Intensivists (special need for NICU)
Emergency medicine doctors
Dates: 5-19th April 2019
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