In January of 2014, the eruption of armed conflict in northern Iraq and subsequent large-scale territorial seizures by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has resulted in displacement of millions of Iraqis and left the country in a state of mass destruction. The pace and scale of displacement makes the Iraq crisis one of the largest and most volatile in the world.
Combat operations against ISIL have led to an influx of millions of Iraqis, which fled their home towns and cities seeking for safety in more secure areas like Kurdistan (the north region of Iraq). Brutal conflicts have deeply impacted the lives of millions of Iraqis which were already suffering from decades of conflict and crisis.
Although masses of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned to their devastated home areas in 2017 (the end of the ISIL battles), more than 1.3 million are still in IDP camps across the country and rely on international assistance.
The healthcare provision in Iraqi conflict-ravaged areas presents major challenges, particularly the hard-hit health sector. Hundreds of healthcare facilities were destroyed or looted, and hundreds of healthcare providers fled in the last few years.
8.7 million of people are in need
4 millions of them are children
IDPs exceed 2 million
1.3 million of them are still living in camps
0.25 million Syrian refugees
Despite the continuous humanitarian efforts to meet the growing needs in Iraq, many vulnerable families are unable to leave the camps due to the lack of basic services, livelihood opportunities and massive destruction in their home areas.
MedGlobal aims to provide high quality healthcare services to the conflict-affected population in Iraq. The team will target the vulnerable populations including IDP camps (Yezidi IDPs from Sinjar Mountains, Christian IDPs, and IDPs from Mosul city and surrounding areas), Syrian refugees, and the host communities in Kurdistan region.
The initial pilot mission will occur in April of 2019 and provide three major services:
Workshops and training programs for the local healthcare providers to build capacity and promote sustainable solutions
Needed specialties: Pediatricians, OB/GYNs, Cardiologists, Anesthesiologists, Intensivists (special need for NICU), Emergency medicine doctors, and General/Reconstructive/Plastic surgeons.
Length of mission: 1-2 weeks
Interested volunteers should apply with the link below and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.