Providing Health Care to Syrian Refugees

“The current security situation in Syria, along with the desire to protect my children, forced me to leave my home,” said Samira, a middle-aged Syrian mother who fled home with her four children months ago.

“We are living in precarious conditions in a crowded place, but, alhamdulillah, we are safe and healthy, receiving food and health care services free of charge,” Samira said with tears in her eyes.

Samira had her children vaccinated and visited the primary health care centres inside Domiz camp several times. “Although we had to wait long hours to see a doctor and receive medication, I could not stand watching my children being sick. I therefore take every opportunity to visit the primary health care centre when needed,” she added.

The Government of Iraq and humanitarian partners are involved in a major effort to improve the health situation, by providing safe food and drinking water and seeking to create a healthy environment for Syrian refugees. The Ministry of Health, through the Departments of Health in Dohuk and Anbar governorates, with the technical support and assistance of WHO and other humanitarian partners, runs four health clinics in the camps, providing a comprehensive package of essential health services – free of charge. Similar services are also provided to Syrian refugees living outside the camp through the existing health care centres and hospitals.

The four clinics inside the camps and the mental health care centre offer medical consultations, education and psychosocial support to the Syrian refugees. As of the end of March, 49 health workers had provided more than 30,000 consultations in the two camps, of which 15,000 were for female refugees and 14,200 for males.

One Response to Providing Health Care to Syrian Refugees

  1. Shireen December 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I am a trainee doctor who graduated 2 years ago. From August 2014 I will be taking a year out of my training and would like to work in the refugee camps in Kurdistan but I’m struggling to find the right way/organisation/person to get in touch with in order to organize to work in the refugee camps….Any ideas on who to contact? I’d be grateful.

    Thanks,