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December 02, 2014

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières field coordinator Omar Ahmed Abenza writes from Najaf, southern Iraq, where MSF is assisting internally displaced families in Diwaniya, Kerbala, and Babil with non-food item distribution, mobile clinics, and health promotion. 

August 20, 2014

MSF project coordinator Will Harper describes the situation in Iraq's Erbil government, where MSF is working to provide care to some 250,000 people displaced by widespread violence.

August 20, 2014

 

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was the first health actor to arrive at the desolate displacement camp of Bharka last week—a camp in Erbil governorate where over 2,500 people, mainly Sunni and Shia Iraqis from Mosul, have now settled. Most families had initially found shelter from the scorching sun in an abandoned hangar at the camp, some six miles from the outskirts of Erbil, after an exhausting journey.

Ali, a middle-aged man and father of seven children, is at the MSF clinic in Bharka Camp for a consultation.

July 15, 2014

 

In March, clinical psychologist Charlotte Yence returned from a five-month mission with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northern Iraq, where MSF has worked in Syrian refugee camps since 2013. She set up mental health care programmes in the Kawargosk, Qushtapa, and Darashakran camps, and here she tells us about some of her encounters:

June 20, 2014

MSF head of mission Fabio Forgione explains the situation in Iraq, where some 500,000 people have reportedly fled violence in Mosul in recent weeks.

April 29, 2014

MSF surgeon Ali Al-Ani describes his experience providing care in the Amman reconstructive surgery project.

October 07, 2013

Dr. Henrike Zellmann, an MSF psychologist working with Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, talks about the services MSF is offering to address growing mental health needs. 

March 15, 2012

An MSF field coordinator in Najaf discusses perinatal and obstetric care in the one of the region's largest hospitals.

March 19, 2010

Despite the security situation, an MSF surgical team has started work in the General Hospital of Hawijah in Kirkuk governorate

May 06, 2009

Despite ongoing conflict that has made it difficult for humanitarian organizations to be in Iraq, since 2006 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has set up medical projects for populations in Anbar, Tameen, Ninewa, Sulemaniya, Baghdad, and Basra. MSF also runs a project in Jordan for Iraqi war wounded. Khalil Sayyad recently returned from Basra, southern Iraq, where he worked as Field Coordinator for nine months. He was part of MSF's first international team to establish a presence in Iraq since 2004, when high insecurity led MSF to leave country.

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