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They are kidnapped, forcibly married, or enslaved. Sexual violence against them has become a real means of waging war. Children are also used as a weapon of war. These acts are not marginal, but committed in a generalized and systematic way.
For the survivors of these tortures, the reconstruction is long and painful. Silence, they often prefer, unable to express their trauma. In fact, a space entirely dedicated to them quickly became obvious to EliseCare.
In June 2015 was born the idea which blossoms in August, a dispensary is dedicated to them!
The dispensary for women and children was an old blood collection bus which the association transformed into a mobile medical dispensary.
This dispensary meets two main needs: the need to go to isolated populations in order to allow them access to care and specific care for women and children. It is an intimate place allowing better medical and psychological care for this public with specific needs.
The team of the dispensary for women and children is made up of 7 multidisciplinary professionals recruited from among the refugees.
"Our 5 doctors provide nearly 80 treatments a day. This dispensary has provided thousands of treatments at 13 isolated sites in the province of Duhok."
Our Center for Survivors program provides women and children with primary care and psychological counselling.
Doctors provide consultations and specific care for the pathologies of women and their children: gynecology, pregnancy monitoring, postpartum care, neonatal and pediatrics. The bus is also equipped with an ultrasound system to monitor the progress of pregnancies.
The main pathologies diagnosed are bronchitis, diabetes and hypertension, joint pain, allergies and infections linked to the urinary tract.
In addition, with our psychologists, women benefit from psychosocial monitoring which makes it possible to treat disorders linked to violence suffered, exile and difficult living conditions. They are received in a soundproofed room with tinted windows and receive support, listening and, if necessary, psychotropic treatment. Our team works closely with local organizations and specialists in major trauma, which is invaluable for the reintegration of these women who often live on the margins of society.
Children are also followed up in the context of creative workshops promoting the expression of their trauma in non-verbal forms.