Sunday 3 December, 2017
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) will officially open the Baghdad Medical Rehabilitation Centre (BMRC) on Wednesday 6 December. The medical structure provides comprehensive rehabilitation treatment - including medical and nursing care, early physiotherapy and mental health support - to Iraqi victims of violence.
Over the past few decades, violence has spread all over Iraq and a growing number of war-wounded and victims of bombings cannot afford the specific rehabilitation care they need and deserve to fully recover from their injuries.
“It is a unique and free of charge facility that aims to improve the post-surgical recovery process of the patient. It provides a combination of physiological and psychological support to help reduce or prevent short and long-term complications,” explains Anke Raber, Medical Coordinator with MSF in Iraq.
The medical team at the BMRC works in close collaboration with the surgical departments of major public hospitals in Baghdad to identify the patients in need of this specific care.
The BMRC is composed of an In-Patient Department hosting patients in need of permanent care during the first weeks of their treatments, as well as an Out-Patient Department. The centre has 20 beds and more than 25 doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and psychologists who work with a growing number of patients. Since September 2017, more than 50 patients have already been treated.
“We received our first patient at the BMRC in August, since then, the number of patients keeps increasing and we have started to see good outcomes in patients treated in our program,” added Raber.
The BMRC works in partnership with the MSF Reconstructive Surgical Hospital (RSH) in Amman, Jordan. In the past 10 years, the RSH has received more than 2,000 Iraqi patients, providing orthopaedic, burn and maxillofacial surgery. Iraqi patients leaving the Amman RSH can be admitted to the BMRC to achieve fully recover while staying close to their families.
MSF started working in Iraq in 1991 and provides medical care to vulnerable Iraqi communities, displaced families and Syrian refugees who find it difficult to access health services.
MSF has projects across Iraq in the governorates of Dohuk, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Diyala, Ninawa, Kirkuk, Salaheddin, Anbar, Baghdad and Babylon. MSF provides basic healthcare, nutrition programmes, trauma care, emergency surgery, services for expectant and new mothers, treatment for chronic diseases, mental health support and health education activities.
MSF offers neutral and impartial medical assistance regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. To ensure its independence, MSF does not accept funding from any government or international agency for its programs in Iraq, relying solely on private donations from the general public around the world to carry out its work.