Activity update – March 2018: Years of conflict have severely impacted the health sector and the needs are great. Read more

Latest info – April 2018: Isolated, angry, anxious and stressed - mental health in Iraq


Since 2014, over 3.3 million people have been displaced across the country, and while many have found their way to camps, others are living in schools, mosques and unfinished buildings. Throughout 2016, there was constant movement, with people either fleeing from battle zones or returning to newly retaken areas. Around 190,000 people were displaced from Mosul and the surrounding area in the last three months of the year, and as many as 1.5 million had returned to their place of origin by December.  All these people, living in unstable areas, often near frontlines, face ongoing challenges, including insecurity and a lack of access to basic services and healthcare.

Scaling up to meet growing needs

MSF steadily increased its response during 2016, deploying teams to work across 11 governorates to provide emergency and basic medical care, including maternal care and mental health services, as well as providing essential relief items to displaced families, returnees, impoverished host communities and Syrian refugees.

With military operations expanding in north-western Iraq, thousands of people continued to flock to relatively safer areas, including Salaheddin governorate in the centre of the country. As local authorities and international aid organisations were unable to cope with the influx, MSF started to run mobile clinics in the city of Tikrit and the surrounding areas in August. Since the start of the project, 15,339 consultations have been conducted.

Read more about MSF's activities in Iraq in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 2003.


2016 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 133,000
Births assisted 1,300
No. staff in 2016 833
Expenditure 2016 €42.0 million


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