In an effort to answer the humanitarian needs in Iraq, MSF has started a remote operations project, providing essential supplies to five medical facilities. It is one of the first attempts at restarting operations in the country since the movement left in October 2004 because of insecurity and the direct targeting of aid workers.
Reports from Iraq indicate the needs in the country are severe. From August 2006 to January 2007, more than 100 people were killed each and every day on average in Iraq and many more were severely wounded. At the same time, an estimated 1.7 million people had been driven out of the country with another 500,000 displaced within Iraq. It presents a situation of violence, neglect and deliberate abuse.
The project raises the issues of extreme operational environments and new and innovative approaches when standard operational strategies are inadequate. It is crucial to differentiate between operations that are able to accept the status quo and those that are driven towards unacceptable compromises.