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Supporting the functioning of the medical clinics in Erbil and Dohuk governorates

Since spring 2014, the state and society of Iraq have been going through acute crisis. Entire regions were taken over by and remain under the control of Islamic State militants. This situation has forced over 2.2 million Iraqis to flee violence in their own country. Some of them found shelter in the north-east of the country. Others, around 1 million who had little time to escape, chose the sparsely populated region of Kurdistan around the cities of Erbil and Dohuk, as their temporary home. In all it is inhabited by 5 million people who are in need of humanitarian aid (internally displaced persons and local residents).

Internally displaced persons need support to access basic medical aid, while those suffering from infectious diseases and sudden illnesses also require access to specialist doctors’ help.

Lack of access to basic medical aid poses a problem for both internally displaced persons and local residents. Diyala province has a total population of 980,000.

Supporting the functioning of the medical clinics in Erbil and Dohuk governorates

The project comprises two modules, of which the first will be implemented from August until the end of December 2016, and the second from January to December 2017.

The aim of the project is to provide access to medical care to internally displaced persons, refugees living in camps and with receiving communities, and the local population. Rendered by Blessed Zdenka Schelingova’s Clinic (Erbil) and Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko’s Clinic, medical services include:

  • doctors’ care;
  • regular health checks of patients with chronic diseases;
  • radiology and laboratory tests (biochemical, haematological and ion analyses, quick diagnostic tests and microscopic examinations);
  • house calls on patients with reduced mobility;
  • free-of-charge medication.

The aim of the project is to make medical services more available to displaced persons, refugees and the local population by employing two additional doctors. Healthcare-related humanitarian needs are on the rise as more displacements occur, with many people having no access to these kinds of services or being unable to afford healthcare.