January 2020 – In 2020, there are an estimated 4.1 million Iraqis in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 1.77 million are in acute need. Out of the 6 million displaced people during the conflict against Daesh, more than 1.4 million people remain internally displaced. Those directly affected by the conflict against Daesh, particularly those who were displaced and whose lives and livelihoods were uprooted and destroyed, continue to require humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs. With GAC’s support, Médecins du Monde is providing a comprehensive healthcare response to meet the immediate lifesaving needs of conflict-affected persons in Iraq, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, and host communities. This intervention aims to reach up to 130,000 individuals. Project activities include: (1) supporting the provision of the Basic Health Service package, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS); (2) providing medical and MHPSS services to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV); (3) providing logistical support to primary health care centres, including essential equipment and supplies; (4) providing training to national health service providers on Basic Health Service package, including on SRH, MHPSS, and referrals; and (5) providing training in coordination with local health authorities on GBV prevention and response.
The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased equitable access of vulnerable populations to comprehensive quality and gender-responsive primary health care (PHC) services; (2) increased equitable access to GBV prevention and response services; and (3) strengthened capacity of local health facilities and health authorities to provide quality PHC and GBV services. The expected ultimate outcome is lives saved, suffering alleviated and human dignity maintained in countries experiencing humanitarian crises or acute food insecurity.