ICIN continues its Support to Clinics in Ankawa
ICIN continues its effort to support the two medical clinics for the Internally Disposed People (IDP) in Erbil. Please see our January report below) .
The St Joseph clinic in Ankawa is the only centre in the province of Erbil that dispense chronic medications for IDPs on monthly basis. However, due to limited financial resources and the high cost of prescribed medicine locally, the clinic cannot provide medication for all 4500 chronic disease patients. The current registered number of people receiving treatment is 2200, which is the number of patients the clinic can currently provide for.
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Clinic of St Joseph on Montazah street in Ankawa which opened on October 31, 2014
Report posted on 10 January 2016
ICIN Helps in Supporting Mobile Clinics in Ankawa - Erbil
The need to have clinics to provide first aid became a paramount necessity from the first weeks of the Mosul Crisis.
Two such clinics were established as early as August 2014 with a number of physicians and pharmacist, most of whom are refugees themselves, volunteering to help: Mart-Shmouny Charitable Health Centre for IDPs which started with a tent at Mart Shmouny Shrine in Ankawa, and St Joseph Charity Clinic which started in a 3m x 3m room in St. Joseph Refugee Camp.
With the assistance of non-governmental and church organizations the clinics have expanded and are still operating today.
ICIN has been financially helping the clinics to face one of their biggest challenges; to relieve the shortage of medicines, lab and dental supplies and chemical solutions. The total support from Dec 2014 to the end of 2015 was $108,000.
It is worth mentioning that currently the two clinics have a partnership to serve patients who are in need of chronic medicine. This collaboration started in February 2015 and medications are distributed monthly to 2100 patients. However, the real number of patients with chronic diseases is estimated to be around 4000. The continuity and expansion of this partnership to cover all patients will not be possible without the support and generosity of people of good will.
1) Report on Mart- Shmouny Clinic
“Your help will not only help us to continue our ministry to serve IDPs but also will give a reason to believe that they are not abandoned” . Father Behnam Benoka, Administrator
2) St. Joseph Charity Clinic
“ If medications are not available beside our work as volunteers we cannot do anything for the patients because patients get better by medications not only by visiting a doctor, hence our major need is medications reason to believe that they are not abandoned”. Dr Saveen Jawhar, on behalf of St Joseph Clinic
In response to the mass escape and exodus due to the ISIS attacks of August 07, 2014, a number of physicians and pharmacists have organized their own efforts voluntarily to establish a simple charity clinic.
The Clinic has been established under the auspices of the Most Reverend Bashar Matti Warda (Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil). It serves about 8000 families who fled the Nineveh Plain to Ankawa and Erbil.
From the first days of the crisis, the clinic started providing its free services to the victims in a 3m x 3m room located in St. Joseph Refugee Camp at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Eventually, the clinic was visited by international organizations, including the Malteser International, which took upon itself to o finance the construction of a new clinic on a land which belongs to the archdiocese in Ankawa on Montazah street behind Mar Qardakh School.
The funding covered the construction (assembling) of the caravans and restrooms, supply and installation of air-conditioning and furniture. The official opening ceremony was held on October 31, 2014, two weeks after the clinic had moved to its new location.
There are nine units within the clinic: Information, General Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Minor Surgeries, Pharmacy, Drug store and an ultrasound unit. The volunteering medical staff consists of: 9 specialist physicians, 10 general physicians, 5 pharmacists, 3 nurses (who joined the staff from the Sisters of the Holy Cross, India) and 3 medical students who help with sorting medicines, data entry & other issues.
The clinic works two shifts six days a week: morning (10:00-12:00) and evening (17:00-19:00) and it receives about 150 patients a day, that's about 4000 patients a month (this number is just for cold cases - not chronic ones).
All the patients are Internally Displaced Persons and refugees served regardless of their religious beliefs, gender or background.
A program to dispense the medications for chronic diseases on a monthly basis is being followed. The number in Sept 2015 exceeded 2000 patients. Accordingly the value of the monthly dispensed medications (chronic & OTC) is more than 45000USD.
With this in mind, it is clear that the clinic could not fund even the most critical and urgent surgical operations at the present time and that special funds are needed for this purpose.