27 Feb 2017

MSF - New life for war-wounded Iraqis starts in Jordan

In a hospital for reconstructive surgery in Amman, Jordan, war-wounded patients from Iraq receive treatment for complex injuries. The project was established by international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2006 when it became clear that no such care existed for victims of the war in Iraq. It has since expanded to receive patients from Gaza, Yemen and Syria. Since its opening, MSF has treated approximately 4,500 patients and performed nearly 10,000 surgeries. Iraqis are the biggest patient group, with 2,442 patients referred from Iraq since the start of the project. Dr Omar Adil Alani manages patient referrals in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. He has worked with the MSF hospital in Amman since the beginning of 2014. “The need for reconstructive surgery in Iraq is very big due to the continuous conflict since 2003 and the financial situation our country is facing,” says Dr Omar. “While they may receive initial care for their wounds, our patients do not usually have access to specialised surgical procedures. Through this project, MSF offers surgery to treat complications that appear from six months after the first surgery – complications that were hard to predict in the initial lifesaving intervention and that have a serious impact on the patient’s recovery.” The hospital in Amman provides a comprehensive care package for its patients, which includes physiotherapy and psychosocial support alongside specialised surgery. Patients are also provided with accommodation and financial assistance with travel to and from the hospital as well as in between treatments if the care plan is prolonged.

 

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