Japan and UNOPS improve access to primary health services in Anbar Governorate [EN/AR] – Iraq

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Baghdad – 15 May 2022 – With the continued support of the Government of Japan, UNOPS has handed over the Al Adel Primary Health Center in Anbar, along with six other primary health centers in Al Ramadi, which have been rehabilitated in the framework of “restoring access to emergency primary care”. Anbar Governorate Health Services Project”. In addition to the rehabilitation works, the project acquired 25 medical equipment, 248 pieces of furniture and more than 2000 supplies. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Dr. Wisam Salah, Deputy Director of the General Office of the Directorate of Health in Anbar, said: “The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq has come at a time when the Iraqi government was striving to improve the living conditions of its citizens, who in previous years suffered from the lack of basic services and infrastructure, especially health services, due to instability, conflicts and many challenges. Not only does this project improve health services for the residents of Al Ramadi, but it also helps reduce pressure on designated hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 and severe cases. HE Mr. SUZUKI Kotaro, Ambassador of Japan to Iraq, congratulated on the completion of Al Adel Primary Health Center and said, “The mission and activities of health professionals dedicated to protecting the health of people and saving lives in the most difficult situations should be commended”. . He went on to say, “I would like to express my gratitude and respect to UNOPS personnel, who are playing an indispensable role in these operations.” Mr. Muhammad Usman Akram, Director of the UNOPS Cluster Office in Amman, said: “Thanks to the generous funding from the Government of Japan, UNOPS has worked hand in hand with the Anbar Health Directorate to serve approximately 123,000 beneficiaries and a difference in the health sector for the people of Iraq. UNOPS remains committed to supporting our Iraqi partners and the Iraqi people in their efforts to address health sector challenges and build their resilience to face future challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated sanitary conditions in Iraq and increased the need to improve the infrastructure of health centers and improve their capacities to provide inclusive health care to the Iraqi people. The project supported the health sector by improving access to medical services for all in support of the COVID-19 response in targeted areas of Anbar Governorate. Through the gender-responsive rehabilitation of primary health centers and the provision of medical equipment, supplies and furniture, the project contributed to improving the overall living conditions of beneficiaries, including vulnerable and marginalized populations, returnees and displaced persons. The project supported Sustainable Development Goal 3 – “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.

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Anwar Abu Sakieneh, Communications Specialist (UNOPS) UNOPS Amman Cluster Office: +962 6 5902122 or +962 7 9902 6315 [email protected]

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