Why are we there?

  • Armed conflict

Our work

This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:

MSF expanded its work in Iraq when it became the main health care provider for Syrian refugees in the Domiz camp, where it delivered basic medical services and mental health care, distributed hygiene kits, and ensured access to safe water and adequate sanitation throughout 2012 and 2013, and into 2014.

Elsewhere, teams managed a 24-hour operating theater and performed more than 300 emergency procedures each month in Hawijah general hospital’s emergency department.

In Baghdad and Fallujah, MSF’s mental health teams treated some 3,800 people and conducted 10,700 counseling sessions. Staff also helped the MOH roll out a model of care based on MSF’s work, including a hotline for people in distress.

After increasing the capacity of Kirkuk general hospital’s dialysis unit from 22 patients in 2010 to 100 in 2012, MSF handed services over to the MOH, but its surgical team carried out 26 operations on patients with kidney disease and other team members provided training to hospital staff.

MSF also trained staff and implemented new infection measure controls in Najaf’s Al-Zahra hospital, the area’s main referral center for obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics.

A physiotherapy session for a patient with a hand injury, Amman, Jordan. © Philippe Conti

At the end of 2012, MSF had 304 staff in Iraq. MSF first worked in the country in 2003.

Patient story

Syrian refugee, Domeez camp

I arrived with two of my children, but had to leave my husband and my two other daughters behind. We walked for more than six hours to cross the border. We don’t have our own tent yet, so we must share with another family.

I have a kidney stone and it is very painful. Since we arrived here I have been lying down all the time because of the pain. I need surgery to remove the stone. Here, we Syrians suffer from sickness, but also from the difficult situation we have gone through.

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