Baghdad, 10 April 2015 - IOM Iraq this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution in Baghdad to advance humanitarian programs in response to the current crisis.
The agreement covers cooperation in emergency response distributions, provision of health and psychosocial services, and livelihoods programming. The organizations will also collaborate on staff training in business development, health and psychosocial programming.
Both organizations are focused on assisting vulnerable people and will share methods to identify and help the most vulnerable, especially those displaced by conflict.
IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said: “Humanitarian organizations need to combine efforts and scale up to adequately respond to the continued crisis. IOM Iraq looks forward to enhancing our relationship with Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution, especially in health programming, to better serve the most vulnerable. We thank the Government of Iraq and all our partners on the ground for working hand-in-hand to facilitate IOM’s emergency response.”
Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution Deputy Head Mazin Ahmed Amin said: “We are pleased to sign this agreement for mutual support with IOM to assist poor and crisis-affected Iraqis. We will share our expertise in health service training and beneficiary identification, and our vision to improve the situation in Iraq.”
The founder of Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution, Sheikh Dr. Humam Hamoudy, who is First Deputy Speaker of Iraq’s Parliament, expressed his support for the agreement.
IOM Iraq has expanded its emergency programmes in response to the current crisis in 2014-15. It has distributed over 105,000 family non-food item kits and over 9,700 winterized tents and shelters to vulnerable IDPs across Iraq since January 2014.
Emergency response efforts include the provision of primary health care, psychosocial assistance and livelihoods programming. IOM also contributes to migration management capacity building through providing training for government officials.
Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution offers poverty alleviation programming, health services, and emergency distributions for vulnerable and displaced people and orphans in central and southern Iraq. The organization runs 35 health clinics and offers training in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. It has assisted thousands of vulnerable people since its establishment in 2012.
IOM Iraq’s most recent Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), published this week, identified 2,683,668 Iraqis (447,278 families) internally displaced countrywide from January 2014 through 26 March 2015.
The most recent IOM Iraq DTM dataset, Dashboards, and Dynamic Displacement Map, in addition to previous DTM products, can be found at: http://iomiraq.net/dtm-page
For more information please contact Sandra Black at IOM Iraq. Tel: +964 751 234 2550, Email: email@example.com
About IOM Iraq
Since beginning operations in Iraq in 2003 and through coordination with the Iraqi government, donors and UN agencies, IOM Iraq delivered life-saving aid to more than one million people across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates in 2014.
IOM Iraq provides a range of emergency response services: non-food item kits, shelter, livelihoods assistance, primary health care and psychosocial assistance to help displaced persons regain dignity in their lives. IOM Iraq also provides technical cooperation including government capacity building on migration issues. IOM staff has been on the front lines of the humanitarian response to this unprecedented crisis in Iraq.
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.