Iraq is experiencing regular Turkish military offensives in the northeast of the country as well as from the Islamic State in the south and center of the country. This situation is aggravated by the political stalemate since the aborted parliamentary elections of October 2021, which did not allow the creation of a new government. Global warming, which has resulted in waves of drought and sandstorms, has added to an already worrying situation of access to basic services due to the destruction and multiple displacements of the population. According to the United Nations, 961,000 people are in acute humanitarian need and 1.2 million people are displaced. The closure of camps by the government has worsened their living conditions and reduced access to health services in particular.
With the increase in humanitarian emergencies, donors are gradually withdrawing from the country, but PUI maintains its presence to provide access to care for the most vulnerable.
Description of the mission
Première Urgence Internationale has been working in Iraq since 1983 (then under the name of Aide Médicale Internationale). The objective is to provide a humanitarian response to the needs arising from population movements by strengthening the health system and providing psychosocial support to vulnerable people, while increasing their access to shelter, drinking water, hygiene and sanitation. Given the needs, the areas of intervention are multiple and are incorporated as much as possible in an integrated approach to address the multiple causes of the crisis in order to have a sustainable impact for the populations.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In 2022, Première Urgence Internationale was able to implement several programs designed to strengthen access to basic services for populations living in the governorates of Anbar, Dohuk, Suleymania and Nineveh, which have been heavily impacted by displacement and climate change
PUI intervenes in the informal settlements that have been created after the closure of the camps, where our teams rehabilitate collective infrastructures identified by the communities (schools, health centers) and individual housing for the most destitute. Our mobile teams also offer medical consultations in primary health care and mental health, and our cash and voucher program allows people to purchase certified, non-counterfeit medicines.
With hospitals and the Ministry of Health, PUI offers a sustainable approach to building the capacity of health care personnel through training curricula and the provision of medical equipment to ensure the sustainability of services over the long term.
PREMIERE URGENCE INTERNATIONALE DEPLOYS MOBILE MEDICAL UNITS TO INFORMAL CAMPS IN WESTERN IRAQ
Première Urgence Internationale is helping displaced people in Central and Southern Iraq by providing health care, including mental health services, to displaced communities. Khaerya, a 67-year-old Iraqi woman living in Kilo 18 informal settlement (Anbar), was able to receive a treatment after visiting one of our Mobile Medical Units.
Story from the field: Primary health care for vulnerable populations in northern Iraq
Since August 2021, Première Urgence Internationale teams have been providing primary health care services to displaced people throughout Iraq. Abdullah, a nurse, tells us his story in one of the health centers in the north of the country.