Cewê is from Mosul, Iraq, and with her family she moved to Akrê to flee Daesh’ occupation.

Her daughter-in-law has just given birth to a child. A healthy baby, born in a hospital that can guarantee the safety of newborns. The massive influx of internally displaced people in Dohuk’s governorate meant that more needed to be done for existing healthcare infrastructures to be able to offer emergency and critical care for everyone. “Her first baby was born naturally but it died. Now the hospital is better. There were no doctors then. There were diseases when the babies were born”, explains Cewê.

In the rehabilitated hospital in Akrê, women and children can be taken care of more safely. Patients can rely on more doctors, more advanced equipment, and a less stressful working environment.

When a woman wants to give birth, is sick or needs to be examined, we take her here. We were scared when we arrived, but when the baby was born, they brought her, we were so happy.

Rehabilitating the hospital means it can receive more patients and reduce the number of referrals to external clinics, as well as decrease surgery waiting lists. “We don’t need to send people to other parts of the governorate where it takes two hours to refer critical cases. Everything can be performed in this building,” says the hospital’s director.

© European Union 2019 / Johanna de Tessières

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