Restoring Health Services in Iraq

As people begin returning to Kirkuk and Salah al-Din in Iraq, restoring basic needs like access to health services is an essential aspect of re-establishing conflict-affected communities.

The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a needs assessment in Iraq in 2018 and found health services limited due to damaged infrastructure and over stretched health system.

To address this need, WHO is restoring referral health services, rehabilitating and expanding hospitals and public health centers across Kirkuk and Salah al-Din governorates.

WHO contracted Blumont to deliver services to two communities in Kirkuk (Hawija City and Abo Skhara village within Hawija District) and two communities in Salah al-Din (Khasa Darly village and Tikrit city). Working with local contractors and with funding from WHO, Blumont is helping more than 559,000 returnees, displaced persons, and host community members access quality, comprehensive health care.

In March 2019, and with support from WHO, Blumont finished the first phase of programming by opening the doors of the improved Hawija Hospital, having repaired electrical, plumbing, and structural works and constructed a pediatric ward and outpatient department. Focusing on accessibility for persons with disabilities and improving patient flow, Hawija Hospital now serves around 200 people daily—an 18 percent increase—and provides faster care at a lower average cost.

In April, Blumont began constructing two public health centers in Kirkuk’s Abo Skhara village and Salah al-Din’s Khasa Darly to restore access to medical care, including emergency services. Work on these centers includes site preparation and masonry and concrete work, as well as installation of electrical, sewage, and water services. When completed, each facility is expected to serve around 150 people daily.

The latest phase of programming focuses on rehabilitating the isolation ward of Salah al-Din Hospital. As the only isolation ward in the entire governorate, the improved facility will connect patients with highly contagious diseases to standard intensive care services, while also helping to protect other patients and staff.