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Erbil Mobile Dispensary

In 2 years, our team has provided care to more than 53,000 individuals over 30 isolated sites in the Ninive region

2.5 years of activity        53,000 services rendered

30 sites visited                  9 professionals

Context

Since 2014, the humanitarian crisis brought about by the territorial expansion of the Islamic state and the civil war crisis of Syria have displaced hundreds of thousands of families to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, resulting in the United Nations classifying the crisis at the highest threat level. Refugees from Syria, as well as Christians, Kurds, Yezidis, and other religious minorities fled the conflict to ensure their survival and the respect of their human rights.

Since 2012, over 465,000 Syrians and 3.2 million Iraqis have been forced to exile over the Iraqi state, with more than 1.3 million refugees accepted into the Kurdistan region over the past decade, the first choice of host nation for these families. Unfortunately, the region has reached maximum capacity in terms of taking in refugees. As it is, 90% of refugees have been forced to live in isolated regions all over the Kurdistan region, most of which are not suited for habitat. These makeshift dwellings, churches, caves, roadsides, abandoned construction sites, and more, do not possess the proper infrastructure, food, and water provided to refugees by relief organizations and have poor hygiene conditions. These poor conditions often lead to respiratory infections, chronic illnesses, and various other infectious diseases, especially in winter time. The isolation of these settlements make it difficult to give proper care to the inhabitants, especially considering the degradation of services due to the financial crisis.

Élise Boghossian

Présidente et fondatrice

“ The team of this dispensary truck ensures families medical services and access to medicines and essential products. ”

Implementation

To remedy to this issue, EliseCare created a mobile dispensary in 2015 to travel through the Kurdistan region of Iraq and provide medical care and pain relief to isolated populations without distinction between patients.

This unit roams the regions of Erbil, Duhok, and Lalesh, and reaches around 30 sites each week that were flagged for their inaccessibility in the Ninive plaines.

The teal abroad the unit is composed of 9 professionals hired from the refugees:

  • a general medicine doctor
  • two gynecologists
  • two nurses
  • one pharmacist
  • one acupuncturist
  • one pediatric doctor
  • one driver

 

 

Services Rendered

By travelling to the same sites each week, the dispensary and our team of doctors is able to give a better and regular care to the refugees for the past two years.

This also lets our team evaluate the food and water needs of the refugees and contact the local associations for aid. The dispensary’s route is based on the importance of the sites’ needs.

The most diagnosed pathologies are diabetes, hypertension, the flu, articular pain, urinary infections, and allergies.