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Activity updates around Mosul

Mosul -Iraq December 2016

The military offensive to retake Mosul is causing many thousands families to flee and populations are in vital need of emergency health services. Read about WAHA International's actions in the region that urgently need additional funding in order to adequately response to the immense needs.

Despite the particularly tense security climate, WAHA International was the  first NGO to operate in the Qayyara District and in the East neighborhoods of Mosul, where we provide an emergency health response including reproductive care.Beginning on August 17th, 2016, eld assessments were conducted in the Qayyara District, which have allowed WAHA International to de ne a strategy in order to address the needs of the populations in the region. ISIL occupation lasted two years and dramatically affected health services and it was obvious that the battle of Mosul would further increase the suffering of the poupulation.



In Qayyara City,in the South of Mosul, WAHA International has restructured a health center to provide primary and reproductive health care including a 24/7 delivery room. Mobile medical teams intervene in three camps surrounding Qayyara, where a large number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) have arrived.

Additionally, WAHA International has refurbished the Qayyara Hospital that was destroyed by the fighting. It is now restored and ready to provide health services once again. WAHA International is actively looking for a donor in order to be able to provide these medical services that are so urgently needed.


In emergency contexts, responsiveness is crucial and WAHA International eld teams have worked tirelessly to provide primary health care on the West Coast of the Tigris river since August 24th, a mere week following WAHA’s arrival in the region. In Jhela village, we have a health facility where an experienced medical team, including two doctors and a team of nurses, provide primary and maternal health care six days a week to over 10 000 internally displaced people. Our ambulances allow for the effective transfer of patients.


On the East Coast of the Tigris, in the Haj Ali village, a medical team provides primary care to internally displaced people  fleeing the violence. WAHA International is also running an ambulance service and a mobile clinic, which allows for interventions in the surrounding villages.


A mobil clinic is moving around Teena and surroundings villages to provide reproductive health services.

> All our activities in Iraq are in collaboration with and support of the local health authorities.


With 1.5 million inhabitants, the region faces massive movements of people making Mosul a strategic point for considerable humanitarian response. WAHA’s efforts over the past few months have anchored roots in this distraught region, which ensure the emergency response is adequate for the many people fleeing the conflict in Mosul. We were the rst ones to set up medical activities in Khazer camp. The increasing population of the camp has reached over 30 000 individuals in Khazer and 10 000 individuals in Hasansham, who are eeing the neighboring battles.


Gogjali is situated in the Eastern suburbs of Mosul and 10 km from the current frontline. Due to the significant needs and lack of services in the area, WAHA International moved one of its mobile delivery unit to Gogjali to provide reproductive health services 24/7. On December 12, the first two babies were born within this facility.


Al Zahraa was under ISIL control for 2 years and was recently liberated. Situated 8km from the city center of Mosul, the health needs are immensed. We are supporting local nurses in their work while awaiting our mobile delivery unit to arrive.


In the village of Hasan Sham, East of Mosul, we are providing maternal healthcare with a mobile unit opened

6 days a week in a camp run by UNHCR and the Iraqi Ministry of Displacements and Migration. We also conduct outreach activities to inform women of the services available to them.


WAHA provides a temporary and rapid response to the needs of pregnant women in the surrounding villages by running a mobile delivery truck equipped for women to deliver their babies. We will soon set up a fixed delivery unit open 24/7 in Khazer camp, situated in the East of Mosul.


It was challenging for our team to reach Tlol Naser, in the South of Mosul. A mobile medical clinic composed of a doctor, 3 nurses and a social worker, provides primary health care services and reproductive health in the surrounding villages.


We are providing primary health care as well as primary reproductive care in the Al-Hajjaj camp (Salah Al Dine Governorate), where we intend to establish a delivery room.


After having conducted exploratory and needs assessment missions in 2015, WAHA International has begun to provide essential health services to host populations and internally displaced people in regions freed from the Islamic State.


West of Mosul, in the Sinjar Mountains, WAHA International is running primary and reproductive health services including a delivery room in the Snuny Hospital. This service is open 24/7. Moroever, a container-base clinic in Sardashti provides primary health care.


In the Qadiya Camp in the Sumil District (Dohuk Governorate), WAHA International is managing a primary health care unit as well as maternal health services as a result of the operational delivery room.


In Debaga City, located in Makhmur District (South-East of Mosul), WAHA International has a reproductive health care unit, which already includes a delivery room. Moroever, we are coordinating a mobile clinic in the Debaga camp.