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Iraq

District Amedi, Village Bamerni. Irak (c) Guillaume Pinon

Iraq

Emergency
3,1 million

internally displaced people in Iraq

1,4 million

Iraqis directly exposed to the conflict

11 million

people in need of humanitarian aid

Background

The fighting which has affected north west Iraq since 2014 has led over 3 million Iraqis to leave their homes. Almost half of them have taken refuge in Kurdistan and the neighbouring regions. Whether Kurds, Yezidis, Christians or Muslims, most of them fled to escape the rapid advance of the Islamic State organisation.

 

3 million Iraqis have leaved their homes.

 

Under constant threat of violence and fear, they face a dreadful humanitarian situation: unsanitary conditions, lack of hygiene, extremely difficult access to healthcare…  Citizens who are directly exposed to the conflict, internally displaced people, refugees from Syria and people living in the host regions are all direct or indirect victims of the conflict.

Activities

VICTIMS OF CRISES & CONFLICTS

PROVIDING ACCESS TO PRIMARY HEALTHCARE

In Zakho camp, Bassima, a nurse, delivers a medical consultation. © Guillaume Pinon
In Zakho camp, Bassima, a nurse, delivers a medical consultation. © Guillaume Pinon
Dohuk
Dohuk

In 2016

We delivered:

  • more than 186,000 consultations to displaced, local and returning populations

Doctors of the World intervenes in the camps in the region of Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan. In Dawodia and Chamisko camps, medical teams provide primary and sexual and reproductive healthcare, paediatric healthcare, psychosocial support, nutritional screening and sessions on health education to displaced and extremely vulnerable populations.  

Further south, in Kirkuk, Doctors of the World has set up three mobile clinics to respond to the huge influx of newly displaced people and to the needs of the host populations. Primary healthcare (including sexual and reproductive healthcare) and psychosocial support are offered to them.     

In 2016, Doctors of the World began its intervention in the districts of Sinjar and Tel Kaif in Nineveh Governorate, which had recently been freed from occupation by Islamic State. Two mobile clinics provide health services, including sexual and reproductive and mental healthcare services to local populations and families who are resettling after having to flee.  

 

Medical consultation in Zakho camp  © Guillaume Pinon
Medical consultation in Zakho camp © Guillaume Pinon
History
1990
Second Gulf War.
1991
Surgical missions, treatment of sick children, training nurses.
2000
Creation of post-operative paediatric treatment units in 4 hospitals in Bagdad, Basra and Mosul.
2003
Emergency support for healthcare facilities during the war.
2004
Doctors of the World leaves the country for security reasons.
2006
Programmes to improve the management of emergency care.
2011
The association once again leaves the country for security reasons.
2014
Emergency aid for displaced people in Kurdistan.

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