Conflict and post-conflict zones

2 billion people live in countries where their development outcomes are impacted by conditions of fragility, conflict and violence, the majority of which are in developing countries (World Bank, 2016).

Conflict and post-conflict zones

2 billion people live in countries where their development outcomes are impacted by conditions of fragility, conflict and violence, the majority of which are in developing countries (World Bank, 2016).

Currently, there are over 25 armed conflicts in the world, some of which have been ongoing since the early 1990s. Populations experience direct violence as a result of the conflict and subsequently suffer from structural violence due to the destruction of infrastructure and increasing poverty following conflict. Post-conflict zones face similar challenges, despite not having open-conflict, there may not be sustainable peace and significant strides need to be taken to regain a stable and well-functioning society.

Populations who are victims of conflicts are the most vulnerable in terms of health and medical needs. Those who are enduring conflict are often deprived of essential health services and resources. Health systems may be partially or fully devastated by the conflict, lacking human resources, health infrastructures and other necessary resources. In conflict settings there is a higher prevalence of gender-based violence, psychological distress, mental illnesses in addition to trauma injuries and basic medical needs, especially mother and child care.

WAHA’S ACTION

WAHA remains neutral and impartial while working in conflict and post-conflict zones.

Often one of the first NGOs on the ground, WAHA conducts rapid initial needs-assessments to identify the population urgent needs and to define the appropriate interventions. WAHA strive to set up temporary, fixed, or mobile health facilites to offer medical care to the local and displaced populations in accordance with need diversities and changing contexts. Additionally, WAHA provides medical support to local health facilities and collaborates with local and international partners by providing highly skilled doctors, nurses, psychologists and other specialists.

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