Conflict on the Turkish Syrian border saw more than 300,000 people displaced from their homes at the end of 2019. This conflict deepened the burden on already-weak health systems, and two harsh winters in succession – bringing flooding in camps – have made the situation worse. 


Some of those displaced in the conflict have been sent to live in camps in Iraqi Kurdistan, where we work with our in-country partner Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF) to help refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people. Our partner distributes medicines and supplies through its network of 35 teams, clinics and pharmacies, providing relief across Bardarash, Basirma, Domiz, Darashakran, Kawergosk and Qushtapa.

With support from Jersey Overseas Aid, we’ve sent two shipments of essential medicines to help more than 21,000 people displaced because of the conflict, now living in 50 camps in Duhok, Erbil and Al-Sulaymaniyah.

The shipments contained 42,000 treatments that have helped an estimated 14,000 people. Treatments were for chronic conditions such as diabetic kidney disease and high blood pressure, as well as for acute conditions such as pneumonia and gastric infections. In particular, these have helped lessen the risk of death among children in the camps.

Our provision of donated medicines enables our partner BHHF to spend money on measures to support those in the camps in other ways – for example, providing education and training women to support themselves.


Rashaa's story

Rashaa, 45, lives in the Baharka camp, one of the largest refugee camps in Erbil. She has hypertension, ischaemic heart disease and a peptic ulcer, and had suffered worsening pain in her upper abdomen for two weeks. She was growing concerned, and visited the camp's clinic, supported by our partner Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation. There, she was prescribed omeprazole capsules to treat her stomach ulcers. Lack of income had prevented her from getting this medication previously, but at the clinic, thanks to donations sent through IHP, she was able to get the capsules she needed, for free. Rashaa was thankful for the provision of medical services and that the clinic had a stock of this medication. 


Please help us continue to source and distribute essential medicines, and to go the extra mile to make sure that medicines reach people in need.

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