Press release: Japan and UNOPS to support Kurdistan Regional Government’s responses to IDP crisis

ERBIL – New project to provide 18 ambulances to support crisis in Iraq

"It is my great honour to announce that the Government of Japan has decided to extend grant assistance (1,540,000 USD) through UNOPS in order to support the Iraqi IDPs," said Ambassador of Japan to Iraq, H.E. Mr. Kazuya Nashida. "I sincerely hope that 18 ambulances to be provided by this assistance will significantly improve the access of IDPs and vulnerable people to the emergency health service."

The influx of more than 1 million IDPs into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since the beginning of 2014 has overwhelmed the fragile health system in Iraq’s three northern governorates. The project will be implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), in partnership with the Bureau of Migration and Displacement of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior, to assist the KRG in responding to the emergency needs of the increased influx of IDPs.

Through the provision of 18 new ambulances, the Government of Japan will help increase access to emergency health services and better address the challenges of protecting IDPs and other vulnerable populations inside camps, and in host communities in northern Iraq.

"We extend our deepest appreciation to the Government and the people of Japan for providing these essential emergency vehicles," said Ms. Bana Kaloti, Director of UNOPS Sub-Regional Operational Hub in Amman. "Providing additional ambulances will strengthen the capacity of the Government to provide Iraqi citizens with essential emergency services and demonstrates Japan’s commitment to Iraq and to the region."

"We at the Bureau of Migration and Displacement would like to express our sincere appreciation for the support from the Government of Japan and UNOPS to help us and our people," said Mr. Shokr Yaseen Yaseen, Director of the Bureau of Migration and Displacement (BMD), KRG Ministry of Interior. "By providing 18 ambulances for the IDPs, you are helping us better respond to their needs. It is our sincere hope that your support will be continued in future."

UNOPS has been present in Iraq since 2004, working in the areas of project management, human rights, civil society development, elections, rule of law, and operational support to UN agencies. UNOPS has been supporting the response to the IDP crisis in Iraq since 2014.

The BMD is in charge of responding to the IDP crisis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. IDPs constitute around 20 percent of the current population of Iraqi Kurdistan. In total, the KRG provides assistance to nearly 1 million individuals.


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