AMAR DELIVERS PUBLIC AND PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST, BUILDING ON EXISTING CAPACITY TO INSTILL LASTING AND SUSTAINABLE IMPROVEMENTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH.
HEALTHCARE: THE FOUNDATION OF DEVELOPMENT
Good public health is vital to the long-term development of any local community. Without this approach, social and economic development is restricted and human suffering continues unabated. This leads to reliance on international aid and assistance. AMAR delivers public and primary healthcare to populations in need to break this cycle and set the conditions for communities to flourish.
We work in partnership with existing state health services to improve and expand the skills and quality of existing health care provision, augmenting it where required and helping to raise standards to those set by the World Health Organization. We also provide extensive training to local healthcare professionals and managers, and provide the resources and knowledge base required to deliver lasting improvements to the quality of care available.
We deliver our health programmes without the use of any expensive Western personnel on the ground. Instead we make use of high quality Iraqi professionals who are able to not only deliver the required outcomes, but also make sure that any activity undertaken is both culturally appropriate and intimately connected to the community it serves.
DELIVERED BY AMAR STAFF
PRIMARY HEALTHCARE CENTRES
We build and rehabilitate primary healthcare centres to provide access, increase the availability of services, develop medical professional skills and enhance community understanding of health and wellbeing.
RURAL HEALTH POSTS
We establish health posts in small and rural areas to ensure populations have access to medical care on a weekly basis. Each post is staffed with a doctor and 3 nurses to deliver health consultations, vaccinations, and referrals.
MOBILE HEALTH CLINICS
We organise and run regular educational and vocational training for adults and children displaced by conflict to ensure that a humanitarian crisis has as little impact on their long term future as possible.
MOTHER & CHILD HEALTH CARE
All of our health projects target pregnant women, mothers and children with check-ups, vaccinations and health education. We also ensure that women and girls have access to a female doctor for sensitive conversations.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES
We provide women with access to reproductive help, advice and treatment, including access to a female doctor where possible, family planning advice and private consultations about puberty.
WOMEN HEALTH VOLUNTEERS
We train local women as community health workers to deliver advice, public health education and basic care to thousands of families every month – benefitting patients and providers, and empowering women.
AMAR incorporates and equips full medical laboratories within newly built or refurbished healthcare facilities to provide immediate access to medical testing and diagnostic services for AMAR patients.
We build and equip facilities and train pharmaceutical professionals to become part of the core primary healthcare centre staff, ensuring patients have sustained access to the medications they need.
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
We provide regular professional skills development opportunities for state-employed medical professionals, government officials, healthcare managers, and our own staff and volunteers.
We ensure that patients being moved to other health facilities have access to safe, emergency transfer. We also deploy our mobile health clinics as ambulances in the event of emergencies in remote locations.
We recognise the importance of learning for ingraining healthy behaviour into everyday life. Working with the Ministries of Health and Education, we deliver health edudcation in school and via our Women Health Volunteers.
SECONDARY & TERTIARY CARE
We ensure patients with advanced conditions can access a hospital or medical specialist. And when communities lack these services, we work with government partners to build, equip, staff and sustain new facilities.
We deliver quality health services by maintaining high standards for patient record keeping and data collection at each of our facilities. AMAR health data is also used to inform provincial-wide disease surveillance and control.
We recognise that effective project design requires high quality data from the field, and we conduct regular socio, economic and health surveys to measure community needs, track and quantify the impact of all our activities.
In concert with local and national government, we repair water supply systems, build sewage treatment plants, train business owners on safe workplace and waste practices and promote public health education.
REACHING IRAQ’S REMOTE COMMUNITIES: MARYAM’S STORY
46 year-old Maryam, who lives in a remote village in northern Iraq, has suffered from Diabetes and Hypertension for many years. Every time she needed to have her blood pressure checked she would have to make the long, tiring journey to Baghdad’s al-Faihaa’ hospital. Each journey would leave her weak and exhausted.
Since AMAR opened a Health Post in her local area, Maryam says her life has been transformed. Now she can easily consult a doctor twice a week, and receive the tests and medication she needs. AMAR staff have also provided her with advice on how to adapt her lifestyle to gain control of her illnesses. Her condition is now stable.
“The Health Post has made such a difference to me. I am not young anymore – the journey to Baghdad was so tiring and I felt guilty asking my family to take me. Now the Health Post makes everything so much easier. I don’t feel like my illness controls my life anymore”