Background Mental health is often neglected and stigmatized in Arab countries. People who suffer from psychological or psychiatric disorders are culturally depicted as ‘crazy,’ and their conditions are neither taken seriously nor treated seriously. This social frailty, combined with the lack of availability of mental healthcare, discourages affected persons from actively seeking professional treatment. According
Introduction In February 2018, a team from the Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI), with the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR), undertook a field mission to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, also known as Iraqi Kurdistan. The team visited Erbil and Duhok provinces where they conducted in-person meetings with representatives of local and
On 9 July 2017, Iraqi forces officially ended the conflict in Mosul by retaking the city from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (also known as Daesh). Nevertheless, Mosul’s infrastructure and healthcare system remain in shambles long after the violence abated, with reconstruction efforts undergoing a slow pace as large swathes of Iraq attempt
Inside Baghdad’s al-Taji jail and al-Nasseriya jail in the southern Dhi Qar province in Iraq, prisoners accused of terrorism infractions have been detained without trial since 2005. For almost 12 years, the authorities have violated these detainees’ rights to a speedy and fair trial. Inmates in these two prisons are regularly denied access to medicine
Iraqi Government is reducing medical supplies to the Kurdistan Region, breaching the right to health
Since the start of Mosul Offensive in Iraq on 17 October 2016, over 10,340 injured civilians and Iraqi security forces have been receiving medical treatment in the Kurdistan region’s hospitals. In March 2017, the Iraqi Government decided to reduce the amount of medical supplies allocated to the Kurdistan region. The Kurdistan Regional Government denounced the
From ISIS Hospitals to Underequipped Displacement Camps – The Difficulties Accessing Health Care in Iraq’s Fallujah.
Background to Iraqi Health Care System Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iraqi health care system has been in great need of reconstruction. The conflict almost destroyed Iraq’s primary health care delivery, disease control and prevention services as well as health research infrastructure. Much of
For civilians living in Fallujah, access to adequate health care has been out of reach for a long time. Since ISIS took control of the city in 2014, decreasing levels of medical supplies and increasing abuses carried out by the group have led to a deterioration in the quality of medical care available. Since early
7 March 2016 — Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) and the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) are pleased to announce the publishing of Doctors in Distress: Systematic violations of Medical Impartiality — a report on the widespread and systematic violations of medical impartiality in countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.