internally displaced people in Iraq
Iraqis directly exposed to the conflict
people in need of humanitarian aid
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 left 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.
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.
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