Iraq: caring for wounded protestors in Baghdad

When mass protests against the Iraqi government broke out in October 2019, and were followed by a violent response from authorities, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began caring for some of the injured at the Baghdad Medical Rehabilitation Centre (BMRC) in Iraq's capital.

MSF initially opened the BMRC in 2017 to care for people wounded in the war to retake Iraqi cities from the Islamic State. When the protests began and the need for trauma care spiked again, MSF expanded the capacity to meet the needs. At the BMRC, patients receive early physiotherapy and medical rehabilitation, in addition to psychological support to help them adjust to their new realities.