The U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Iraqi Ministry of Health, hosted the Second Annual Conference of Primary Health Care and Preventive Medicine in Baghdad February 26 – 27.
The Iraqi Minister of Health, Dr. Majeed Hamad Ameen, and USAID Deputy Mission Director, David Harden, attended the conference.
USAID is working with the Ministry of Health to modernize primary health care by improving the quality of care, enhancing administration and management of health services, encouraging better provider-client relationships, and increasing community involvement. These improvements will give Iraq’s citizens access to quality health care that meets international standards.
Addressing the conference attendees, Minister of Health, Dr. Ameen said, “USAID’s support for the Iraqi health sector has been instrumental in helping reform this vital sector.” USAID Deputy Mission Director Harden said, “All Iraqis should have access to routine, high-quality, health care.
The Iraqi government is taking steps to improve the country’s health care system and we are happy to support them in their efforts.” USAID’s Primary Health Care Project is providing technical assistance to 360 health clinics, including 36 model clinics, throughout Iraq. The project is an important element of the U.S.-Iraq engagement under the Strategic Framework Agreement.
(Source: Embassy of the United States)