19 December 2012
A Refugee Response Plan for Syrian Refugees was launched 19 December. The escalation of the violence in Syria in 2012 has led to a sevenfold increase in the number of Syrian refugees known to humanitarian organizations. A large-scale humanitarian response continues to be required to address the needs of refugees already present in host countries and those of the new refugees who continue to pour into Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, at a rate of up to several thousand a day. The Refugee Response Plan for Syrian Refugees aims to provide lifesaving assistance to refugees while ensuring that the cost of their welcome is not borne by the countries of asylum alone, or by the many local communities which have already shown considerable generosity despite their limited means.
WHO is scaling up activities to ensure provision of adequate health services to Syrians living inside Al Qaim and Domiz refugee camps and refugees living in Anbar, Dahuk, Suleimaniyah and Erbil governorates including readiness to respond to health challenges arising from the winter season. “Around 65 000 women, children and elderly Syrian refugees living inside Iraq have the right to receive adequate health services” said Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, Representative of WHO in Iraq.
18 October 2012
Syrian refugees in Iraq
There are 40 000 Syrian refuges in Iraq, with Al-Qaim and Domiz camps hosting populations of 7000 and 19 000 refugees, respectively. There is an increased demand for health care services among all refugees, especially for the treatment of chronic illnesses. The most commonly reported causes of consultation among all Syrian refugees are upper respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, skin infections and sexually transmitted infections. The current outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea in Suleimaniyah poses an increased risk to refugees within Domiz camp in Dahouk, although there has been no increase in the number of acute watery diarrhoea cases reported from the camp to date. The Directorate of Health foresees shortages of some medicines for chronic illness in Domiz camp.
27 February 2012
Workshop to improve the quality and relevance of medical education in Iraq
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Health of Iraq, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), are conducting a three-day workshop on the accreditation of health professions education, with a special focus on medical education, from 27 to 29 February 2012 in Amman, Jordan. The workshop aims to strengthen Iraq’s national system of accreditation and assure its compatibility and harmonization with global standards.
27 February 2012
Evaluating mental health training: changes in practice and knowledge for health workers in Iraq
Erbil, 27 February 2012 –Under the patronage of H.E Dr Taher Hawrami, the Minister of Health of Kurdistan, Iraq, the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Ministry of Health of Iraq, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, are conducting a workshop from 27 to 29 February 2012 in Erbil, Iraq. The workshop will review capacity-building activities, conducted in the governorates in 2011, and exchange experiences and lessons learned in implementation of mental health in primary health care services. The workshop will also focus on promoting local capacity in the areas of supervision, monitoring and reporting of mental health activities at primary health care level. Directors of primary mental health units in governorates and other relevant officers from the Ministries of Health will attend the workshop.
21 February 2012
MOH and WHO launch phase I of the Good Governance for Medicines programme in Iraq
Erbil, 21 February 2012: The Ministry of Health of Iraq (MOH) and the Ministry of Health for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched today, the field implementation of phase I of the programme of Good Governance for Medicines (GGM).
21 April 2011
Beirut – Implementation of Basic Health Service Package (BHSP) through Improving the performance of District Health System based on Family Practice Approach (IDHS-FPA), is a new World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region initiative adopted by the Ministry of Health in Iraq which will be introduced as a pilot in four districts in the country including Baghdad, Kirkuk, Missan and Erbil governorates. The initiatives aims at assuring universal, equitable and efficient access to essential health services for every individual especialy the most vulnerable (children, women and elderly residing in the catchment area population of a Primary Health Care Facility.