Due to the conflict in Syria and Iraq, hospitals and health centers in more secure areas, like the Kurdistan region, are now overwhelmed. Large influxes of IDP’s have overwhelmed health services, and in some regions the number of consultations has tripled. The health budget of the region is now overstretched, which leaves hospitals not only understaffed but underfunded as well. International organizations, like Dorcas, have helped relieve some of the pressure by providing mobile health clinics and key supplies and personnel to overwhelmed hospitals.
Since June 2015, the Mobile Medical Teams provide essential primary health care to 15 villages and one camp. The programme improves access to essential health services for over 24,000 individuals. The service provision reduces morbidity and mortality amongst the IDP’s and contributes to a better quality of life. In a preliminary impact study around 90% of the beneficiaries stated that their health status had improved through the service provision of Dorcas’ mobile medical teams.
For Alia the mobile medical teams provided essential health care that significantly improved her health. Read her story here.