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As trauma needs escalate in west Mosul more ambulances are deployed

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24 April 2017, Erbil, Iraq – The demand for emergency referral services in west  Mosul continues daily. More than 1900 trauma cases from west Mosul have received medical care in hospitals in Ninewa and neighbouring governorates. As military operations reach the densely populated parts of Mosul city, health partners anticipate a significant increase in the number of war-related casualties. Ensuring timely referrals and transport from the frontlines to trauma stabilization points and field hospitals is critical to saving civilian lives. Ambulances provide a 24/7 response to medical and trauma-related emergencies, while lessening the travel hours spent by patients on the roads.

In an effort to support the Federal Ministry of Health and Ninewa Directorate of Health with the anticipated surge of trauma needs, the World Health Organization (WHO), with logistics support from the World Food Programme, has airlifted an additional 15 fully-equipped ambulances into Iraq.

These ambulances will be deployed to trauma stabilization points in west Mosul as well as to field hospitals. This new airlift completes the delivery of 30 ambulances in total to Ninewa Directorate of Health. The first shipment of ambulances that were delivered two weeks ago are now serving Athba Field Hospital, Hamam al' Alil camp and Al-Shefaa hospitals. The procurement and management of these 30 ambulances has been made possible with generous funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster (OFDA), and the Governments of Kuwait and Japan.

For more than five months, health actors have expressed concerns over shortages of ambulances. Efforts by WHO, the Federal Ministry of Health, Ninewa Governorate and UNFPA have prepositioned more than 71 ambulances at the frontlines. With more ambulances now in circulation, it is envisaged that Ninewa Directorate of Health, WHO and health partners will establish a call centre at Maamoon in west Mosul. This will ensure timely coordination and transportation of trauma patients, but also serve medical emergencies for internally-displaced people in camps.

In the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017, WHO and partners are appealing for US$ 110 million. These critical funds are needed to support health care interventions for 6.2 million people across Iraq. The current funding gap of 85% leaves millions of people with reduced access to lifesaving health care.

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mosul_ambulance_1Ambulances are offloaded from a World Food Programme chartered flight at Erbil International airport

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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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