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Support for the basic medical care, the medical education and improving hygiene conditions of the local population and IDP in the province of Diyala

Since the spring of 2014 the government and society in Iraq are in a state of acute crisis. Whole regions have been seized and remain under control of the militant Islamic state. As a result of this situation, more than 2.2 million Iraqis have been forced to escape from the violence in their own country. Some of them have found shelter in the north-eastern part of the country. However, approx. 1 million refugees have chosen for their temporary residence the sparsely populated region of Kurdistan, in the vicinity of such towns as Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah. In total, there are 5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the region (internally displaced people and local residents).

Internal refugees need support in access to basic medical care and to specialized medical care in the cases of infectious diseases and emergencies.

Lack of access to basic medical care applies to both internally displaced people and local residents. The total number of residents of the Diyala province is 980 000 people.

Support for the basic medical care, the medical education and improving hygiene conditions of the local population and IDP in the province of Diyala

The direct aim of the project is to improve the quality of health care by equipping a laboratory in a hospital in Khanaqueen in the Diyala province and by improving the competence and knowledge of the medical staff of the hospital by providing designated equipment and organizing training for doctors and middle-level medical staff employed in the hospital. The project also includes equipping dispensary in the Jalawlah district and raising awareness of its medical staff by providing designated equipment and organizing training for doctors, specialists and middle-level medical staff employed in the dispensary........

Thanks to the implementation of the project the community leaders from Khanaqueen district will improve their in-depth knowledge of WASH – methods of water conditioning and storage of drinking water, safe sanitary-based construction of latrines and safe hygienic behaviour. The project increases access to free medical care, basic medical examinations and drugs through the work of the mobile clinics in the Kolay district and improves the hygienic situation of families in this district (through distribution of 2 000 hygienic packages). In addition, the community of the Kolay district, thanks to the actions of educators, gains knowledge on the topics related to hygiene and the method of water conditioning and storage of drinking water.