Rapid Assessment of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Contamination in Northern Ninewah Governorate While displaced persons fleeing violence may have to enter/transit areas of contamination pre-dating the current conflict, a safe return to places or origin formerly under IS control is also threatened by an increase in the type and scope of ERW contamination. In particular, IS‟s widespread use of victim operated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is posing a threat to civilians and hampering a safe returns process to areas secured by the security forces. Thousands of people spontaneously returning to their home locations face the threat of injury and death due to contamination and damage resulting from the conflict. Additionally, with no systematically collected information on the extent of…
As Mercy Corps' three year Broadening Participation through Civil Society program comes to an end, Mercy Corps is pleased to share the results of our endline survey, which surveyed and analyzed the views of over 5,000 Iraqi citizens on the state of the country, civic participation and responsibility, formal and informal justice/governance systems, and the future of civil society in Iraq. The report summary can be found in English, Kurdish, and Arabic.
On 24th November 2015, Medair conducted a health facility assessment in three health facilities in the Snuny Sub-district of Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate. This was done as a follow up to a rapid multi-sector needs assessment conducted by Medair on 5th-7th November of conflict-affected households in informal settlements on Sinjar Mountain. Priority needs identified by the population at that time were food security and access to health services, hence the follow up health facility assessment. Please find the complete needs assesment report attached below.
On November 5-7th, a rapid multi-sector needs assessment (RNA) was conducted of conflict-affected households living among informal settlements on Sinjar Mountain. The assessment teams identified Food Security and access to Health Services as the two highest priority unmet needs from respondents across four separate locations assessed. In the context of the subsequent military campaign to recapture Sinjar city, and looking at both the current and projected needs from an increasing population in the Snuny Sub-District, Medair recommends immediate Health interventions to address critical gaps in service. Specifically, Medair has identified opportunities, with support from the Directorate of Health-Ninewa (DoH-Ninewa), to operate mobile medical units to support current health posts on Sinjar Mountain and assist with the rehabilitation of Primary Health…
10 Nov 2015
Iraqi Telemedicine Center   Overview The Iraqi Telemedicine Center (ITC) is the first Iraqi telemedicine initiative, founded in 2014 by Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid. The idea of establishing the center came as a result of the reality of healthcare sector and the humanitarian crises in Iraq and the whole region. The main problems the healthcare sector in Iraq suffers from are: 1) Shortage in healthcare personnel and medical specialties; 2) Poor healthcare infrastructure; 3) Difficulties to access physicians, clinics, and hospitals either due to long distance, security concerns, lack of transportation means, or time constraint; 4) The high cost of healthcare services and limited purchase power of the patients; and 5) In times of humanitarian crises, the aforementioned problems…
Heavy rain in Baghdad city and its suburbs today is leaving behind flooding, hitting mostly the poorest areas in the capital, where there is also the highest concentration of IDPs. However, the IDPs that are mostly and severely affected by the recent floods are those residing in camps and deserted non-residential buildings. Mercy Hands has been receiving numerous calls today from IDPs affected by the floods, in Baghdad and elsewhere, asking for urgent help. One of them was speaking on behalf of 35 families (190 person) IDPs from Al-Anbar governorate residing in a deserted non-residential compound in Abu Ghraib. They are severely affected by the heavy rain and in dire need for clothes, blankets, mattresses, and other NFIs. Attached are…
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