The internationally backed governmental forces are driving IS out of occupied areas in northern and central Iraq. In July 2017, the Iraqi forces took control of Mosul, In August 2017, Tall Afar was liberated, and Hawija district followed in October 2017. As a result of occupation by IS, civilians are malnourished, wounded and traumatized. Displacement further aggravated the health condition, especially of people suffering from chronic diseases.

As most health infrastructures were destroyed and looted during the occupation and the fighting, the unmet health needs of the population are immense.

Waha’s action

WAHA International has been working in Iraq since early 2016, providing primary and secondary healthcare as well as reproductive healthcare services for IDPs and host communities, mainly in newly retaken areas from IS control that were cut off from medical services during this occupation. Supporting the local health authorities to gradually rebuild the public health system, WAHA International 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
    – Offering mental health services
  • Reinforcing referral systems

We are doing this work in association with local Departments of Health and as implementing partner of UNFPA and WHO. Our action also benefits from the support of the Crisis Center of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



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Sinjar Monts - Eng: 36.385913, 41.682129
Qadiya - Iraq (closed) - Eng: 37.034210, 42.381470
Sardeshti - Iraq - Eng: 36.374680, 41.751630
Snuny - Iraq - Eng: 36.554330, 41.975060
Debaga - Iraq - Eng: 35.871090, 43.811580
Hasan Sham, Iraq Eng: 36.324440, 43.535830
Haj Ali, Iraq (closed) Eng: 35.781330, 43.296430
Al Qayyarah PHC, Iraq Eng: 35.800080, 43.299850
Al Hajjaj, Iraq (closed) Eng: 34.830710, 43.514090
Jhela, Iraq (closed) Eng: 35.751530, 43.273190
Gogjali, Iraq (closed) Eng: 36.356380, 43.266660
Al Zahraa, Iraq Eng: 36.389720, 43.211380
Khazer, Iraq Eng: 36.308880, 43.539160
Tall Afar - Iraq - Eng: 36.362350, 42.403670
Dohuk - Iraq Eng: 36.950000, 43.000000
Al Qayyarah Hospital - Iraq - Eng: 35.804180, 43.292710
Baïji, Iraq - Eng: 35.018000, 43.445210
Al Alam - Iraq -Eng: 34.709270, 43.695080
Al Dor - Iraq - Eng: 34.438830, 43.799860



WAHA International intervenes in Baïji alternative hospital, including in the maternity and reproductive healthcare department, as well as in the emergency room and operating theater, which is ready to provide surgical care to casualties. The organization also set up a referral and transportation system for patients in need of a higher level of medical care.


WAHA International opened an emergency room and a maternity in Al Alam hospital. We also deployed a mobile clinic providing primary healthcare services to displaced populations in Al Alam camps 1, 2 and 3. A second mobile unit allows us to carry out outreach activities in surrounding villages, including Azwai. When necessary, patients are referred to Al Alam Hospital.


WAHA International opened an emergency room and a maternity in Al-Dor primary health center.


Hasan Sham

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.

Al Zahraa

In Al Zahraa, situated in Mosul, WAHA is supporting a maternity unitan emergency room and the provision of primary health care in a local health facility.

Qayyara District


In Qayyara, South of Mosul, WAHA International refurbished two floors of Qayyara hospital and supports the provision of trauma care services as well as of comprehensive reproductive health care services.
Leveraging WAHA International’s initial support, the hospital is currently being fully refurbished by the local Department of Health.
We are also ensuring the provision of primary health care services at the nearby Qayyara primary health center.


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.

Dohuk, Tall Afar & Sinjar mountains


We provide specialized mental health services for women and children suffering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder and for survivors of gender based violence. We support Azadi Hospital and the Mental Healthcare Centre for Children and Adolescents with staff and specific training and deploy two mobile units in surrounding camps.
Three options are available according to the severity of the need: follow-up as out-patient, enrolment in our program at the day hospital to maintain links with family and ensure relatives play an active role in the therapy, and, for severe and acute cases, short-term in-patient treatment.


Now that essential services (water, electricity) are becoming available again and that the security situation allows local populations to return, WAHA International set up a primary health center in Tall Afar to meet their essential health needs.


In Sardeshti, we provide primary healthcare services in a container based health facility. The clinic provides essential care in an area that was previously cut off from medical services during IS occupation.


We rehabilitated the Snuny hospital, and we are running 24/7 primary health and reproductive health care departments including a delivery room.


Past projects

Gogjali (closed)

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.


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.


In the Qayyara district, on the west bank of the Tigris River, WAHA International delivers 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.

HAJ ALI (closed)

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

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