19 Dec 2016

MSF - Activity Update - January to November 2016

In Iraq, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, as people displaced from their homes by violence face their third winter living in harsh conditions.

More than three million Iraqis are currently displaced by the conflict (IOM) and while many have found their way to displacement camps, others are living in schools, mosques, churches and in unfinished buildings. In addition to the lack of access to healthcare, displaced populations also suffer from the psychological and emotional scars of war and many people still fear for their safety.  Meanwhile, more people are being forced to flee their homes as a result of intensified fighting in Mosul and Hawija areas.

Since June 2014, MSF has been increasing its response to the displacement crisis by deploying mobile medical teams, supporting local health structures and opening field hospitals. Having a flexible approach has allowed MSF to deploy mobile medical teams according to people’s needs, with a focus on those who cannot access medical care because their movements are restricted or because they lack the financial means to travel or pay for services. 

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