Press Release

Enhancing Iraq's Emergency Care System through Basic Emergency Care Training

10 September 2023

Erbil, 10 September 2023: The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), today concluded the Basic Emergency Care training organized to equip frontline healthcare providers with the essential skills required to manage acute illnesses and injuries in resource-limited settings.

The training focused on improving the outcomes of emergency conditions by providing over 30 participants with the knowledge and skills needed to implement a systematic approach to initial assessments and managing time-sensitive conditions, ultimately saving lives.

“As WHO and national health authorities in Iraq continue collaborating in multiple health areas, we remain committed to strengthening emergency care systems and building capacity within the healthcare workforce,” said Dr. Wael Hatahit, Acting WHO Representative and Head of Mission in Iraq. “Through initiatives like this training, we aim to improve the quality of emergency care, reduce mortality and morbidity, and ultimately contribute to the well-being of communities across Iraq,” he added.

The five-day training workshop comprised theoretical sessions, practical skill lab sessions, group discussions, and pre-post training tests involving 35 emergency healthcare providers from Erbil, Ninawa, Suleimaniya, and Duhok governorates. The outcome is 35 certified provisional and master trainers capable of cascading the Basic Emergency Care Courses for healthcare providers working in emergency care wards nationwide.

Emerging from its consideration of the role emergency capacity building plays in ensuring accessible life-saving services to all Iraqis and in implementing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Iraq, WHO, in collaboration with the International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC), developed this course to be applicable to all local healthcare providers, including students, trainees, nurses, physicians, and pre-hospital or inpatient care providers.

The World Health Organization would like to thank the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) for their invaluable support in making this training possible.

Ajyal Sultany

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