After years of conflict, instability and the COVID-19 pandemic, Iraq has started to see some signs of recovery. However, the country and the healthcare sector is still unable to care for people's healthcare needs, especially in areas directly affected by the most recent war with the Islamic State (IS) group.
Despite a significant decrease in the number of war-wounded and COVID-19 patients, and despite the resumption of regular healthcare services in some health facilities, Iraq still needs continuous support to reach full recovery.
In 2022, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) worked across Iraq and continued providing a wide range of essential medical services and support to people. We provided healthcare to people living in areas affected by the war against the IS group, and those returning from long periods of displacement in camps or other regions of Iraq, as well as people living in areas with difficult access to healthcare services. Our teams also continued to bridge the most pressing gaps in the response to COVID-19 across Iraq in collaboration with the Iraqi health authorities.
Throughout the year, MSF provided general and specialised health services, including maternity and neonatal care, emergency medical care, specialist orthopaedic surgeries, comprehensive post-operative rehabilitation, non-communicable diseases and mental healthcare. We also donated medical supplies to various health facilities across Iraq.
The annual report below provides an overview and the highlights of our activities across Iraq during 2022.