Overview: The main objectives of the health sector are: Improving access to primary health care; strengthening health institutions; and strengthening reproductive health services for refugees and members of impacted host communities.
• Patient Consultations: 26,122 consultations were conducted in PHCCs in nine camps . The health utilization rate (visit/person/year) was 3.1 which lies within the expected range of 1 to 4.
• IOM reports nearly 460,700 IDP returns in December
• USAID Counselor Thomas Staal visits Iraq to meet with representatives of ethnic and religious minority groups
• Relief organizations distribute more than 487,000 USAID-supported RRM kits in 2017
• Checkpoint closures continue to constrain humanitarian access in northern Iraq
Rikar Hussein, Kawa Omar
Dozens of Yazidi children who have been rescued from the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria are now receiving counseling to cope with and recover from the trauma they experienced during their years in captivity.
At Qadiya refugee camp near the Iraqi Kurdistan Region's northern city of Duhok, more than 100 Yazidi boys and girls aged between 4 and 13, who were kidnapped by IS in August 2014, are getting assistance to recover from the psychological harm they sustained under IS control.
Erbil – For the first time since the beginning of the Iraq crisis in December 2013, the number of people returning to their area of origin has surpassed the number of people displaced in the country.
Islamic Relief (IR) CEO Naser Haghamed visited two schools in Fallujah which are being rehabilitated by IR. This is part of a project in which six schools are being repaired to allow children to return to a safe and comfortable learning environment. IR has been distributing school bags, providing counselling services for students, and capacity building services for teachers.
Patrick Durrant was the Project Coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq. MSF started working in Sulaymaniyah in 2015 when a huge influx of people escaping violence in their towns and cities arrived in the area. Initially, we provided water and sanitation services in Arbat camp for displaced people, and then extended the project to provide mental health services in Ashti camp, and rehabilitation and staff support for the Sulaymaniyah Emergency Hospital. The project closed on 30 November 2017.
January 9th, 2018 ― Doha: Under the strategic partnership between Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) to support the health sector in Iraq, QRCS's mission in Al-Anbar Governorate has launched a field hospital to offer emergency health care for patients and victims of the ongoing clashes across the country.
Major EIE Activity Progress as November 2017
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the additional contribution of 34.5 million euros for 2017 and four million euros for 2018 from the Federal Republic of Germany to provide assistance to displaced Iraqis. This brings the total amount received from Germany for this contribution for the period 2015-2018 to a total of 90.5 million euros.
Iraq – After the end of the successful first phase of the IOM Iraq - Italian Government partnership to strengthen community stabilization initiatives in Diyala Governorate (between August 2016 to November 2017), a new project has been launched to support the psychosocial well-being of vulnerable displaced women in Dohuk and Ninewa governorates.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society(IRCS) has distributed food and relief assistance to more than 370 displaced families from the areas of Umm al – Jarabie and AlHadar island, as well as the families who have returned from (the Hool) camp which is located on the Syrian border to Hamam Alalil camp.
The IRCS has reported in a statement that the IRCS`s teams have distributed 375 food parcels and relief items, adding to distribute more than 2200 blankets for the displaced families who were received in Hamam Alalil camp within Salahuldin center.
An earthquake in north-eastern Iraq on 12 November reached 7.3 on the Richter scale. UNICEF provided technical support to needs assessments in affected areas with specific focus on education and WASH.
The current Iraqi internal displacement crisis originated with conflict in Anbar governorate between Armed Groups and the Iraq Security Forces (ISF) in late 2013, rapidly spreading to Ninewa and other central governorates of Iraq in June 2014.
The current crisis in Iraq began in June 2014, when militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) seized control of over one third of Iraq’s territory within a few weeks. Iraqi Security Forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga and various armed groups engaged in the fight against ISIS, and finally recaptured Ramadi in February 2016, Hīt in April 2016, Fallujah in June 2016, Mosul in July 2017, Tal Afar in August 2017 and Hawija in October 2017. The Government of Iraq announced the defeat of ISIS and regained full territorial control on 9 December.
Iraq – As the winter temperatures continue to drop in Iraq and nearly 2.9 million people are still living in displacement across the country, the Government of Germany has extended its partnership with IOM Iraq by injecting another 7 million euros to address the urgent humanitarian needs of those who remain internally displaced.
Since the beginning of the liberation operations of the west island on 23 November 2017 and starting from the sector of Nineveh and Salahuddin liberation operations west of Senjar district, the teams of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has continued to receive the displaced families from various areas of the west island which is located on the Syrian border.