On April 27, 2017, the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) hosted a roundtable entitled “War, Health, and Refugees in Iraq,” at AUIS, in partnership with the SEED Foundation and Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Anthropology. IRIS Research Fellow James ‘Mac’ Skelton, who is currently completing a PhD in Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, chaired the discussion.
The meeting brought together directors of public hospitals, humanitarian officials, and government actors to discuss the immediate and long-term realities of healthcare for the displaced and refugee populations. The importance of including both humanitarian organizations and public hospitals in the meeting arises from the fact that the vast majority of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) reside outside of refugee camps administered by NGOs and thus rely on local hospitals for healthcare needs.
This report highlights key takeaways from the discussion and puts forth policy recommendations to improve mobility and access, as well as to address budget cuts and pharmaceutical shortages.
Click here to read more, and download the full report in English, with executive summary in Arabic and/or Kurdish language.
The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) is an independent policy research institute based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Through multidisciplinary research, strategic partnerships, a fellowship program, and open dialogue events among experts and influential public leaders, IRIS examines the most complex issues facing the KRI, Iraq and the Middle East. The Institute’s main focus areas include but are not limited to: energy and the economy; IDP, refugee and minority issues; post-ISIS Iraq; and gender. www.auis.edu.krd/iris.