Accessibility, inclusiveness and quality of basic health services for minors in the Province of Duhok and Nineveh plain


Duhok Governorate, Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq. In Duhok: Hevi Teaching Paediatric Hospital, Thalassaemia Centre and the Centre for Early Diagnosis of Childhood Disability
Cooperation years:
GSD Participants:
San Raffaele nurse
Host country's participants:
the General Directorate of Health of Duhok
Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
Implementing agency:

Project Aim

To improve accessibility to quality health services and improve the protection of internally displaced persons, refugees and host communities with special attention to children and adolescents with disabilities and chronic diseases.

Background of the Project

Hevi Pediatric Hospital clinics need an enhancement of the surgical area and laboratory to carry out early analysis on small patients, which will consist of light rehabilitations, furnishings and supplies. An access ramp will also be created to ensure accessibility to people with disabilities on the hospital's ala that provides first aid, pharmacy and outpatient services, currently missing. Drug management is currently very inefficient and requires a reorganisation of spaces. With regard to the situation of the Early Detection of Children Disability Centre (EDCDC) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre (CAMHC) , they require support, with technical assistance and supplies of aids, as well as the activation of territorial teams. The Centres receive patients from hospitals, have long waiting lists and serve many refugees and displaced persons. Quality of both diagnosis and treatment has been enhanced, involving also the Thalassemia Centre. 
The project is funded by the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development (AICS).


Objectives achieved

Accessible healthcare was achieved through renovation works at Hevi Hospital.  Specialised equipment has been procured for disability centres in the Province and training and technical assistance delivered, to reach an impact on all services dedicaterd to children and adolescents with disabilities and chronic diseases. The disability center was fully renovated and equipped.


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