Repairing Mental Health
While the Iraq War ended in 2011, conditions in the country are not entirely calm. Overran in June 2014, the city of Mosul is still under the control of the Islamic State. The Iraqi military is trying to reclaim the city which is forcing many of its residents to flee their homes. Studies from the UNHCR show Iraq housed a devastating 5,326,166 people of concern in 2016 with 3,604,285 of those being internally displaced people.
Even before conflict arose, Iraq had a shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists. When the conflict did begin, this situation only worsened. Less doctors became available while more Iraqi citizens were in need of help.
Though many aid groups are assisting with the crisis in Iraq, MSF is the only one providing specialist teams who deal with severe mental health cases. MSF steadily increased its response during 2016, deploying teams across 11 governorates to provide emergency and basic medical care. This year, MSF focused on increasing psychological support for the growing number of people who have been traumatized by violence and their precarious living conditions. Mental health and psychosocial support are an integral part of most of MSF’s projects in Iraq. In 2016, more than 23,000 consultations were provided.
Vote Repairing Mental Health to provide mental health treatment for those suffering through the conflict in Iraq.
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