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The Women and Children Bus

In a year and a half since its dispatch, the team of this dispensary has given care to over 30,000 patents over 13 isolated sites in the Duhok province.
1.5 years of activity            30,000 services rendered
15,000 patients          500 psychological consultations
13 sites visited          7 professionals

 

Context

The sexual violence against women and the use of children as weapons is a generalized and systematic crime occurring in these wars. Kidnapped, married by force or reduced to slavery, women living in Iraqi war zones are constant victims of torture and rape. Those who escape are trapped in their silence and deserve their own space to feel at peace.

With the steadily high numbers of refugees coming into the region, 40 families a day on average, and the vulnerability of women and children, it became evident that building a dispensary solely for their sake, which EliseCare did in June 2015, was crucial.

 

Implementation

In 2015, EliseCare acquired an old blood collection bus and transformed it into a mobile dispensary and clinic, naming it the “Women and Children’s Bus”. The inauguration was August of 2015 in the Duhok province.

This bus serves two principle purposes: reaching the isolated populations in need to give them care and taking are of women and children specifically. This creates a bond with these particular victims which enables us to give them the proper care, both medically and psychologically.

Our team is composed of 7 professionals hired from the refugees:

  • one general medicine doctor
  • one gynecologist
  • one pharmacist
  • one nurse/acupuncturist
  • one psychologist
  • one interpreter
  • one driver

 

Services Rendered

The doctors provide consultations and care specific to women and children pathologies, including gynecology, pregnancy care, post-partum care, neo-natal care, and pediatric care. The bus is also equipped with echography to be used during pregnancies.

The principal pathologies diagnosed are bronchitis, diabetes and hypertension, articular pain, allergies, and urinal infections.

In addition, our female patients have access to our psychologist, allowing them to be treated for their trauma due to their exile and grim living conditions. They are taken care of in a sound proof room with tinted windows and receive the support they need, be it a supportive ear to talk to or psychological care. EliseCare is also in cooperation with local organizations and trauma specialists in pursuance of the reintegration of these women who are often social outcasts in their communities. Children are similarly subject to psychological supervision accompanied by non-verbal expressions of the trauma they suffered.