Many displaced persons seeking to escape the military clashes in Iraq are living in the Iraqi Kurdistan region. They seldom have access to healthcare, and even less often to diagnostics. They must endure very harsh living conditions: dust, extreme temperatures between day and night, crowded living in tents, malnutrition, a lack of access to latrines, etc.
In addition, refugee camps are regularly subject to epidemics. Erbil, a city in northeastern Iraqi Kurdistan, has a history of health problems such as diarrhea (particularly in children), respiratory infections, the risk of pandemic outbreaks, and complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
Our goal was to build a medical center to provide these populations with access to diagnosis and targeted medical treatment.
We have overseen the entire construction of a medical center for refugees and funded the center’s infrastructure, installed the equipment and helped train staff.
The architects and staff for the center are themselves displaced persons. They are paid by the Iraqi government to ensure the project’s long-term sustainability.
The medical center, which was inaugurated on December 7, 2016, contains:
- Reception and waiting rooms for patients
- A medical analysis laboratory
- A fully-equipped X-ray room
- An emergency care unit
- A pediatric unit
- A gynecology unit
- A dental unit