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Medical aid in Dohuk and Erbil region in Iraqi Kurdistan for IDPs, refugees and host community

The Civic Association STEP-IN, the local partner of the project, runs inpatient clinics in the towns of Dohuk and Erbil. In Dohuk there is also a mobile clinic providing medical aid for all deprived groups: internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and the local community. Dohuk is in 2nd place and Erbil in 3rd place in the number of admitted IDPs.

After several years of work of the clinics, it was observed that apart from the standard treatment, it is necessary to introduce microbiological testing, physical therapy and prevention. Mass resistance to medication makes it impossible to make a correct diagnosis and decide on treatment, resulting in successive deterioration of the state of health. Thanks to microbiological tests, the right medicine can be chosen, ensuring better treatment results. Most patients suffer from chronic pain and physical therapy is an essential part of the treatment alongside pharmacological intervention, without which a patient cannot fully return to health. The beneficiaries, often uneducated people, underestimate the role of prevention and can easily become victims of an epidemic.

Medical aid in Dohuk and Erbil region in Iraqi Kurdistan for IDPs, refugees and host community

The aim of the project is to minimise the number of illnesses and to improve the state of health of refugees staying at the Dawoodia camp in the Dohuk Governorate and in Erbil. During the long-lasting conflict in Syria and Iraq, the health of the refugees has markedly deteriorated from the experienced traumas, poor living conditions, undernourishment and permanent stress.

The plans are to expand the services hitherto provided in Dohuk and Erbil for internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and the poor local community to include microbiological testing, physical therapy and prevention. The purpose of the project is to alleviate the consequences of living in difficult conditions over a longer time. Suitable treatment and post-operative therapy would be chosen accordingly. The project also covers preventive testing to avoid epidemic outbreaks.

In both locations covered by the project there are two inpatient clinics which together deal with the highest number of IDPs. In Dohuk there is also a mobile clinic that visits surrounding areas five times a week.

The project beneficiaries consist of three groups: IDPs, Syrian refugees and the local population. In all, 19,020 people will benefit from medical aid.

The project will be implemented for one year, from 1 January to 31 December 2018.