“AMAR means family for anyone that comes in (to the clinic). It means care – healthcare – for them because if AMAR is not present there I think no one will help them and do healthcare for them.” – Dr. Khalil Mohammed, Manager of Khanke Camp Clinic
April 7th marks the 70th anniversary of World Health Day – a day established on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health. In Iraq, where many communities are still recovering from the damage and destruction caused by ISIS, access to quality healthcare is still a challenge. Families displaced by violence in norther Iraq know this all too well. But thanks to the hard work and commitment of AMAR’s Iraqi medical teams, there is hope.
Dr. Khalil Mohammed provides hope to patients every day. He plays an integral role at the AMAR Primary Health Care Center (PHCC) in Khanke Camp in northern Iraq. Khanke Camp has become home to more than one thousands families who were forced to leave their towns and livelihoods behind.
Dr. Mohammed is the manager of the clinic, seeing patients and families while making sure everything is operating smoothly. He is also the team leader of AMAR’s Escaping Darkness project in Khanke Camp.
“We run regular vaccination campaigns. All of our staff visit families to make sure they receive their vaccines,” said Dr. Mohammed.
AMAR operates 5 PHCCs in Iraq, each serving a catchment area of thousands of patients in the camps and from surrounding areas. These centers provide child health consultations, vaccinations, public health education, lab services, and general health consultations to under-served communities. Dr. Mohammed manages all of these services at the AMAR PHCC in Khanke Camp, ensuring every family that comes to the center receives quality healthcare.
“All the staff supports one another as we are working in difficult circumstances,” said Dr. Mohammed.
Dr. Mohammed knows this to be true, especially as the team leader for AMAR’s Escaping Darkness project in Khanke Camp. As team leader he works with trained general practitioners and social workers to provide psycho-social support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and their families.
AMAR’s Escaping Darkness program, which began in 2015, established 10 psycho-social support centers in Northern Iraq. AMAR trained 10 general practitioners and 20 social workers in trauma therapy. Throughout the project over 2,800 professional consultations have been delivered, helping countless individuals and families. The Escaping Darkness program was so successful that it was quickly expanded across Iraq, and in 2017 an additional 29 new psycho-social support centers were opened.
“AMAR is a family to me. We help everyone around us like a family.”