Support to emergency/critical care services and maternal and child health in Duhok Governorate (phase 2)


Duhok Governorate – Districts of Duhok, Akre, Amedy
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

Increase the quality of mother and child and critical care for IDPs, refugees and the affected host population through strengthening the health system and staff capacities in Duhok Governorate - Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Background of the Project

The objectives of this proposed action are in continuity with the previous project “Support to emergency/critical care services and maternal and child health in Duhok Governorate” and are coherent with the “Madad Trust Fund” objectives, as well as taking into account the needs of the context, where the situation of displacement of refugees and IDPs shows worrying signs of persistence.   A joint needs assessment carried out with Duhok Governorate of Health allowed the identification of a series of objectives and priorities.  The action includes rehabilitations, procurement of equipment, training/technical assistance.  Mother and child care is a key priority for the region, where increasing numbers of women deliver babies at home, in absence of appropriate antenatal care and follow up. Emergency care can also be improved, also in the light of the reorganisation of the services that is in progress in the Governorate.The project is financed by the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the 'Madad Fund'.

Objectives achieved

The Hevi pediatric hospital  infrastructure is  fully renovated and completed. The whole rehabilitation of the operating block of Amedy's hospital is almost complete. The rehabilitation of Akre new emergency hospital with a new maternity unit and a neonatal intensive care unit is in progress. On the job training at Hevi Pediatric Hospital involved all health professnd ionals of the Hospital and all units (intensive care, emergency and wards). Over 240 people were trained within the framework of the project. Emergency Hospital personnel was also trained including on Covid following WHO guidelines, especially on infection prevention and control plus nursing care with COVID-19 patients.


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