Baby Malik and MSF midwife Layla, Iraq
Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) midwife Layla attends to nine-day-old Malik. Layla works at MSF’s maternity clinic in Domiz Refugee Camp in northern Iraq. The camp is home to more than 30,000 Syrian refugees.

MSF launched the sexual reproductive health and maternity project in Domiz Refugee Camp in 2013. We initially provided check-ups for women before and after birth and family planning services. In 2014, the project was expanded to a full maternity unit with a 24-hour delivery room, triage and gynaecological consultations. Over the past four years, MSF medical staff have delivered more than 3,400 babies and provided more than 27,400 gynaecological consultations.

MSF completed the project in Domiz Refugee Camp in November 2017 and has handed over the maternity unit to the Dohuk Directorate of Health. We currently have projects across Iraq in the governorates of Erbil, Diyala, Ninawa, Kirkuk, Salaheddin, Anbar and Baghdad and will continue to set up new projects where the needs are greatest.