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Italy supports rehabilitation services for people with physical disabilities

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Baghdad, Iraq, 2 April 2018 --- The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed a contribution of 500 000 Euros from the Government of Italy to support the rehabilitation services for people who sustained disabilities as a result of the conflict in Mosul.

This funding will help to establish a prosthetics and rehabilitation centre in Hamdaniya district south-east Mosul. The 10-month project aims to provide over 450 people, including 50 children under the age of 5 and 300 children over 5 with specialized medical care and rehabilitation services.

The newly established centre will streamline the identification and treatment plans of patients in need of prosthesis in Ninewa governorate. This will ensure better case management  and medical follow up procedures. Recent national health statistics indicate the presence of approximately 4800 amputation cases in Mosul requiring urgent attention and care to help them in attaning a better quality of life.

National capacity to deliver trauma, prosthetic, and rehabilitation services to victims of the conflict in Mosul remains limited. Currently, the Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre in Suleimaniya is the only active centre in the country specialized in physiotherapy and the production of upper and lower limbs in addition to walking aids/orthopedic devices for persons with disabilities. This centre has been receiving Mosul victims in need of prosthesis and rehabilitation care referred from Erbil Emergency Hospital.

“The conflict in Mosul has affected tens of thousands of people who are in need of specialized rehabilitation services,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative in Iraq. “The establishment of this rehabilitation centre will ensure the availability of postoperative, post-traumatic, and rehabilitation services for amputees. In addition, such a centre will help in ensuring a better quality of life and in reducing social exclusion and enhancing social integration in their own communities,” he added.  

WHO strives to improve the health of the most vulnerable people in Iraq in 2018–2019, and for that purpose US$ 59 million is needed, of which only 24% has been secured. 

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Total population (000s) 37 140
Total health expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 6.5
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 50
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.7
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 69.8

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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