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Treating Wounded Iraqi Civilians

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Every month, as many as 20,000 people seek emergency medical care at Basra general hospital in the far south of the country. In 2011, an MSF team trained staff in the management of emergency arrivals and situations involving large numbers of injured people. MSF also offered training in post-operative and neonatal care, and renovated the operating theatre in the emergency department, improving conditions for the 300 or so operations that are performed each month. The program was handed over to the Ministry of Health in June 2011.

Another team continues to offer surgery and obstetric care in Hawijah hospital. Between January and June, surgeons carried out 212 operations.

Reconstructive surgery in Jordan

Since August 2006, MSF has been running a reconstructive surgery program for wounded Iraqis in Amman, Jordan. Over the years, the programme has expanded to admit patients from elsewhere in the region, including Gaza, Yemen, Libya and Syria. MSF provides specialists in plastic, orthopedic and maxillofacial surgery. In 2011, they performed a total of 913 operations. The team also offers psychosocial support and physiotherapy.

Around 50 new patients are admitted to the program each month. They may stay in the centre for several weeks or as long as two years, depending on their injuries. 

By the end of 2011, more than 1,700 patients had received advanced surgical care since the program began.

At the end of 2011, MSF had 264 staff in Iraq. MSF first worked in the country in 2003.

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