Clearing a Path to Life-Saving Health Care

More than 3 million Iraqi people have been forced from their homes by conflict, compounding the country’s decade-long instability. The rapid growth of internally displaced people (IDPs) has put additional pressure on the medical facilities and public services in host communities.

Fallujah, Habbaniya and Rahaliya, all cities in the western Al-Anbar province, were identified by the United Nations as particularly vulnerable and isolated communities, with a combined population of nearly half a million IDPs. Relief International was one of the first organizations to respond in these hard-to-reach areas.

To provide this region with critical medical supplies and personnel, Relief International worked with the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). From September 2015 to February 2016, RI delivered medicine, food and equipment to 65,000 displaced persons. Existing medical facilities and structures that could be turned into hospitals were identified and updated to better address reproductive health.