U.S.A. and Republic of Iraq Strategic Framework Fact Sheet: Services, Technology, Environment, and Transportation
Ambassador Stephen Beecroft (pictured) and Deputy Prime Minister Salih al-Mutlaq launched the first meeting of the Services, Technology, Environment and Transportation (STET) Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) under the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement on November 28, 2012 at the Council of Minister's Secretariat.
The two governments agreed to expand U.S.-Iraq cooperation in the areas of health, agriculture, water, and private-sector development. Future high-level meetings will focus on cooperation in the other areas covered under this JCC.
Health: Recognizing the importance of availability to health care in promoting social well-being and fostering economic advancement, the two governments pledged to collaborate to improve the delivery of health services to the Iraqi people.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Iraq (GOI) Ministry of Health established a national Technical Advisory Committee for policy discussion and technical collaboration in cooperation with other ministries.
- 36 Model Health Clinics: USAID will establish 36 model clinics in 18 provinces. Clinics will include all necessary equipment and modern systems with trained staff. The Ministry of Health will replicate these clinics nationwide using co-financing funds.
- Basrah Children’s Hospital and Maysan Hospital: The U.S. government will facilitate outfitting the Basrah Children’s Hospital with advanced medical equipment, including a magnetic resonance imaging machine and computed tomography scanner. The GOI will ensure the continued training and maintenance required for these facilities, in operation since 2010. The U.S. government will also complete construction of a surgical hospital in Al Amarah, Maysan Province; and the GOI will assume responsibility for providing medical equipment and furniture, staffing, as well as maintenance and operation of the completed facility upon transfer.
- Field Epidemiology Training Program for Iraqi Doctors: The Ministries of Health and Higher Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control, developed the Field Epidemiology Training Program to train Iraqi medical doctors in disease surveillance, outbreak response, and applied epidemiology. The first cohort of 11 doctors will graduate in Baghdad on December 3.
- Bilateral Discussion to Expand Foreign Trade and Investment: The U.S. government will advise companies of the growing health care market in Iraq, and the two governments will periodically review laws, regulations and other practices in the sector to remove impediments to bringing advanced health care solutions to the Iraqi market.