Dorcas Iraq carried out a health assessment from 11-24 October 2016 in 15 villages in Dohuk and Ninewa governorates and in Bajed Kandala II camp. The aim of this assessment was to identify opportunities and gaps in the health assistance Dorcas provides, monitor IDP satisfaction with the provided services and the impact Dorcas’ health programme has in these areas, and gain an overview of the situation of IDP’s and identify any needs that are currently not being met for possible future programming.
Assessment findings indicate high numbers of households with specific vulnerabilities, such as disabled persons, children under 5, elderly, chronically ill or pregnant or breastfeeding women. Furthermore, the assessment found a higher prevalence of female-headed households in the villages compared to the camp, with some villages reporting more than 50% of the households are female-headed. Additionally, more than a quarter of the households in both the villages and the camp consist of more than nine persons. Larger or multiple assistance packages should be considered for these big families, in order to adequately respond to their need.
The occurrence of illness in the out of camp locations is markedly less than in the assessed camp. In the camp, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever are also more commonly reported health issues, reflecting the often more crowded and dirty conditions IDP’s face in camps. Therefore, more health services and hygiene support is needed in camps compared to out of camp locations and this should be taken into account by camp construction and camp management actors when designing the camp set-up.
Dorcas’ health programme has a positive impact in both Bajed Kandala II camp and in the out of camp locations. In the camp, 98% of the respondents reported their health status had improved fully or partially due to the services provided by Dorcas and in the villages this was reported by 95% of the respondents. Both in the camp and in the villages, 87-95% of the respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the different elements of Dorcas’ health services.
Additionally, the assessment found that after two to three years of displacement, IDP’s are financially struggling to cover their needs. Cash assistance was therefore mentioned as the top priority by all respondents.
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