Many health facilities that are still operating lack much-needed medical services and supplies and suffer a shortage of healthcare specialists.
The humanitarian needs in Iraq remain extremely high. More than a million people are still internally displaced and significant barriers are preventing them from returning to their homes; some of them having lived ‘temporarily’ in camps for years without adequate access to basic services. Thousands of displaced people who managed to return home desperately lack medical care and other basic services.
The COVID-19 outbreak in Iraq has exacerbated the country’s under-resourced healthcare system.
Currently, our teams provide medical assistance in three Iraqi governorates.
We provide antenatal and postnatal care, neonatal and paediatric care, as well as family planning services. We also assist births, including those with complications. Our teams in Mosul and Sinuni assisted a total of 15,701 births between January and June 2020.
Many trauma patients need of specialised surgeries, regular dressing changes, pain management, and physiotherapy. MSF provides surgical and rehabilitative care in our post-operative care facility in Mosul. We also run a medical rehabilitation centre in Baghdad, where services includes pain management and mental health support. Improving patients' post-surgical recovery processes helps prevent complications and physical and psychological impairments.
The psychological and emotional consequences of the war and displacement are immense. That's why mental health is a key component of many of our projects in Iraq. MSF psychiatrists, doctors, psychologists and counsellors give vital care and support to people with moderate or severe mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, schizophrenia and severe anxiety.
According to the International Organization for Migration, over four million people have returned to their places of origin in Iraq since January 2014. Yet more than 1.27 million people remain internally displaced across Iraq as of October 2020. They often lack access to adequate services, including healthcare, and water and sanitation.
According to the World Health Organization, Iraq is among the seven countries in the eastern Mediterranean region with a high burden of tuberculosis (TB). MSF has been supporting the National Tuberculosis Programme since 2018. We aim to improve case detection, provide better tolerated and effective treatment for drug-resistant TB patients, and improving the quality of care for patients.