Photo by Matus Duda. Registration of patients during rush hours at Dawoodia Camp
We have successfully concluded the implementation of the project titled “Providing Quality Healthcare to Displaced Iraqis”, financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project, initiated on the 13 September 2019, was carried out in collaboration with partner organisations: STEP-IN organisation from Slovakia and the Warsaw Club of Catholic Intellectuals (KIK).
Photo by Stefania Dudova. A doctor and a translator fill in patient’s medical records
The main objective of the project was to secure access to basic health care for displaced Iraqis and members of local communities from Erbil and Dohuk Governorates. Project activities were carried out at Dawoodia Camp for internally displaced persons, in several locations across the Dohuk province (which were visited on daily basis by a mobile medical team), and also at a physiotherapy clinic in Ozal City on the outskirts of Erbil.
Photo by Matus Duda. Afternoon hours at the main waiting room at Dawooida Camp. Registered patients await their appointments, laboratory testing, or physiotherapy sessions
Those in need were offered general medical consultations, laboratory tests, biochemical tests, and antibiotic immunity tests. Also, patients had access to specialised gynaecology, physiotherapy, psychiatry, and physiotherapy consultations. Additionally, social workers at Dawoodia Camp carried out health education activities for local residents, visiting their households and inspecting nutritional status of children below five years of age. As part of the project, we have also offered individual support for patients who required further treatment, often complicated and lengthy, by facilitating specialised surgeries and supplying them with prostheses and hearing aids.
Photo by Matus Duda. Physiotherapist examines a patient and conducts medical history interview before starting a treatment at Dawoodia Camp
By providing access to a wide array of diagnostic and therapeutic measures, we were able to identify the needs of particular patients and to answer them effectively. This secured lasting health effects for individuals and, in consequence, for their families (several thousands of Iraqis) and entire communities.
Throughout the seven months of the project’s implementation we provided 7880 consultations with primary health care medical doctors, 620 psychiatric consultations and psychotherapy sessions, while 1670 patients benefited from physiotherapy consultations. Approximately 50 patients received an opportunity to continue their treatments and to purchase specialised equipment.
The project was financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)