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The effects of years of conflict and instability continue to be felt in Iraq and 2020 brought additional challenges to the country that are yet to be resolved.

As of August 2021, nearly 1.2 million people are still internally displaced*. Factors like the slow reconstruction of homes and infrastructure, a lack of job opportunities, and the inability to access essential services are preventing the displaced from returning to their homes; some have been living ‘temporarily’ in camps for years, without adequate access to basic services. 

Many of those who have managed to return home desperately lack access to medical care and other basic services. Mass protests and the COVID-19 pandemic have had a significant impact on the ongoing health system recovery and on people’s ability to access healthcare.

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Our activities in 2022 in Iraq

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF in Iraq in 2022 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to work across Iraq in 2022, filling gaps in healthcare exacerbated by war and conflict, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iraq IAR map 2022

After years of conflict and instability, Iraq has started to see some signs of recovery, but its healthcare system is still far from being able to fulfil all the medical needs of people, especially in areas directly affected by the most recent war with the Islamic State group.

In 2022, MSF worked in 10 projects across Baghdad, Ninewa, Kirkuk, Erbil and Dhi Qar. We offered a wide range of general and specialist medical services and support to people living in areas affected by the war, returnees from long periods of displacement in camps or other regions of the country, and communities with poor access to healthcare. Services included emergency, maternal and neonatal care, specialist orthopaedic and maternity surgery, comprehensive post-operative rehabilitation and care, treatment for non-communicable diseases, and mental health support. We also provided medical supplies, technical training, and support for emergency preparedness and response in several health facilities across the country.

Patients requiring advanced surgical care were referred to MSF’s reconstructive surgery programme in Amman, Jordan, which has been conducting orthopaedic, plastic and maxillofacial surgery for patients from Iraq and other countries in the Middle East since 2006.

In Baghdad, we continued to collaborate with the National Tuberculosis Institute, working on switching drug-resistant TB patients from injections to newer, more effective oral drugs.

Our teams also assisted the Iraqi health authorities with the response to COVID-19. We provided intensive care treatment, patient isolation (for mild and moderate cases), and health promotion campaigns to encourage vaccination. In all our regular activities, we implemented strict infection prevention and control measures to protect patients and staff from catching or spreading COVID-19.


In 2022
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Al-Wahda Hospital, East Mosul

Iraq annual report 2022

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MSF in Iraq annual report 2021

Report 27 Jul 2022
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Project Update 7 Jul 2022
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Project Update 15 Jun 2022
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Project Update 6 Apr 2022
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Project Update 21 Jan 2022
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