The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Improved access to primary health services in Iraq
UNOPS partnered with the government of Japan to support COVID-19 response efforts and improve access to healthcare services for vulnerable populations.
Years of conflict and instability have led to damaged infrastructure and weakened public services across Iraq, including healthcare. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has further worsened issues in access to essential health services.
With funding from the government of Japan, UNOPS rehabilitated and equipped seven primary health centres in Iraq’s Anbar Governorate, helping to improve access to quality healthcare for some 123,000 people – including vulnerable populations, returnees and internally displaced persons.
“Not only does this project improve health services for the people in Al-Ramadi, but also contributes to reducing pressure on the hospitals designated for treatment of COVID-19 and severe cases.
See how newly rehabilitated and equipped health facilities are improving access to essential healthcare services for people living in Iraq's Anbar Governorate.
“Thanks to generous funding from the government of Japan, UNOPS worked hand in hand with the Directorate of Health in Anbar to serve approximately 123,000 beneficiaries and make a difference in the health sector for the people of Iraq,” said Muhammad Usman Akram, Director of UNOPS Multi-Country Office in Amman at a recent handover ceremony.
“UNOPS remains committed to supporting our Iraqi partners and the people of Iraq in their efforts to address the challenges in the health sector, and enhance their resilience to counter future challenges,” added Mr. Akram.
The rehabilitation works incorporated gender and inclusion considerations, including dedicated breastfeeding areas and inclusive bathrooms.
“The mission and activities of medical professionals dedicated to protecting people’s health and saving lives in the most difficult situation should be lauded,” said H.E. Mr. Suzuki Kotaro, the Ambassador of Japan to Iraq
“I would like to express my gratitude and respect to the people of UNOPS, who play indispensable roles in these operations,” added Ambassador Suzuki.