The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is one of the largest and most complex in the world, with over 11 million Iraqis – nearly a third of the country’s population – requiring some form of humanitarian assistance.
Gradually the internationally backed governmental forces are driving ISIL out of the areas they held occupied in northern and central Iraq. On February 19, 2017, the Iraqi government forces resumed military operations to retake West Mosul from ISIL. It is estimated that up to 750,000-800,000 people will be affected directly by the fighting in the west of the Mosul. Most health infrastructure in areas controlled by ISIL were destroyed and looted. Consequently, the health system has almost entirely broken down and the unmet needs of the populations are immense.
WAHA International has been working in Iraq since early 2016, providing primary and secondary healthcare as well as reproductive healthcare services for host communities and IDPs, mainly in newly retaken areas from ISIS control that were cut off from medical services during this occupation. Supporting the local health authorities to gradually rebuild the public health system, WAHA has been:
- Running mobile primary health care units
- Refurbishing, reinforcing and running public primary and secondary health facilities including: – Providing reproductive health care including Basic and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (B/CEmONC) – Ensuring trauma care – Delivering gender-based violence support services
- Reinforcing referral systems
We are doing this work as implementing partner of UNFPA and WHO.
SEE CURRENT MISSIONS
In the village of Hasan Sham, East of Mosul, we are providing reproductive healthcare with a mobile unit open 6 days a week in a camp run by UNHCR and the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration. We also conduct outreach activities to inform women of the available services and increase use.
WAHA provides a rapid response for pregnant women in the villages surrounding Khazer by running a fully equipped mobile delivery unit. We will soon set up a delivery unit open 24/7 in the Khazer camp, situated in East Mosul.
Gogjali is situated in the eastern suburbs of Mosul. Due to the significant needs and lack of services in the area, WAHA International moved one of its mobile delivery units to Gogjali to provide 24-hour reproductive health services.
In Al Zahraa, situated in Mosul, WAHA is supporting a maternity unit, an emergency room and the provision of primary health care in a local health facility.
In the Qayyara district, on the west bank of the Tigris River, WAHA works in partnership with UNFPA and WHO, to deliver primary and reproductive health care at the primary health center in Jhela village. We also run a mobile clinic as well as an ambulance in the villages around Jhela.
In Qayyara, in the south of Mosul, WAHA International has refurbished Qayyara hospital in partnership with WHO, and is supporting the provision of trauma care services as well as of comprehensive reproductive health care services in cooperation with UNFPA. This hospital is critical to providing timely medical treatment to people fleeing the fighting in West Mosul and serves as a referral hospital for our mobile clinics which are following the front lines of battle in West Mosul. The hospital has two operating theatres, a blood bank, a laboratory, and X-ray, ultrasound, and sterilization units.
We are also ensuring the provision of primary health care services at the nearby Qayyara primary health center.
On the east coast of the Tigris river, in Haj Ali village, a medical team provides primary care for internally displaced people. WAHA International, in partnership with UNFPA and WHO, is also running an ambulance service and a mobile clinic, which allows for interventions in the surrounding villages.
We are running a reproductive health care unit including a delivery room, in partnership with UNFPA within Debaga city in the district of Makhmur. We are also running a mobile clinic in Debaga Camp 2 which is situated in Debaga village.
In Sardeshti, situated in the Sinjar mountains area, we provide primary care services based in a container based health facility. The clinic provides essential care in an area that was previously cut off from medical services during ISIS occupation.
We rehabilitated the Snuny hospital, and we are running 24/7 primary health and reproductive health care departments including a delivery room. Strong partnerships were developed with UNFPA and the Governorate of Ninewah, North District of Snuny.
QADYA IDPS CAMP (closed mission)
WAHA ran a 24/7 primary health and reproductive health care unit including a delivery room in the Qadya IDP camp, situated in the Governorate of Dohuk, District of Sumil. Displaced women and families, mainly Yezidi, were provided access to medical care for acute and chronic illnesses as well as maternal care.