A new year-long project is underway in Iraq, financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), in the Nineveh Governorate, with the goal of ensuring reproductive healthcare and psychosocial support to Iraqi IDP families returning to areas recently liberated by Daesh.
The project is designed to improve access to primary and secondary healthcare for more than 12,000 people in the districts of Hamdaniya and Bashiqa, and in West Mosul, for members of the host community and IDPs who are now going home.
More than 3,000 women and teenage girls will have access to reproductive healthcare and psychosocial support in the 3 different project areas, while individual psychological assistance will be made available for more 1,800 people. Thanks to our mobile units, a further 1,000 women and teenage girls from remote villages will have access to healthcare. This is all part of our awareness-raising campaigns on mental health, reproduction, sexual and gender-based violence, as well as the presence of healthcare structures available to everybody living in the project areas.
Meanwhile in parallel to this, we will be strengthening the national health system, starting by rebuilding 3 primary healthcare centres and a hospitals, which will all be equipped to provide quality healthcare in terms of mental and reproductive health, as well as psychosocial initiatives. Since the impact of the project should last more than just one year, specialisation courses in psychosocial assistance and dealing with trauma, will be offered to 65 male and female doctors, psychologists, social workers and paramedics. In this way the work we have begun together can be continued in the future.
Project Name: Salamtak (your health)
Project Type: MHPSS, SGBV, Awareness
Beneficiaries: IDPs, Returnees
Length: October 2018 - September 2019
Project Areas: Nineveh, Bashiqa, Hamdaniya, West Mosul - Iraq
Donor: Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS)