Relief International has been working in Iraq since 2003, and enjoys strong local acceptance and access. To address the growing need for stable, long-lasting health care clinics and well-trained staff, Relief International is working with the United Iraqi Medical Society for Relief and Development (UIMS) to support seven new health facilities in Anbar province.
People living in contested areas not only have little access to adequate health care, they face challenges such as restricted movement for unaccompanied women and the risk of forced conscription for young men. Creating these new health facilities reduces the need to travel long distances in unfriendly territory. The initiative includes free primary and reproductive health care, water management services and health promotion workshops. In addition to stocking the clinics with life-saving medicine, supplies and equipment, Relief International will also train medical staff.
This project includes a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) component, which concentrates on providing clean water to the community. Efforts include proper waste management, water trucking, rebuilding water supply systems and water quality monitoring. Hygiene kits also will be distributed at health facilities.