December 13, 2021; Baghdad, Iraq – UNFPA, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs opened a One-Stop Assistance Center (OSAC) in Kirkuk this month with the support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA ).
The center is integrated into a primary health care facility and provides comprehensive gender-based violence services, including referrals for women and girls. UNFPA will continue to build the skills and expertise of service providers in integrated GBV and protection services in Kirkuk using the established facility and connecting communities to OSAC.
“I cannot imagine what it is like for displaced people, returnees, refugees and host communities to go through these conditions away from their homes and families amid the pandemic. I hope they will overcome all the hardships they are suffering from and lead the life they dream of, through this one-stop support center,” said KOICA Iraq County Manager, Mr. Cho Hyeong Lae.
In addition, two centers of excellence in family planning have been established in Erbil and Kirkuk by the Ministry of Health and Environment and the Ministry of Health, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the UNFPA with the support of Sweden and the United Kingdom and will open three more in Duhok. , Sulaymaniyah and Basra by the end of 2021.
The opening of such centers is one of the essential steps towards universal access to quality family planning services for families and women. The centers will serve as a capacity development platform for health providers in the governorates, an innovative laboratory on family planning and a place where women can receive an integrated package of health services, including high quality family planning services. quality.
In 2022, with support from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FDCO), UNFPA will open five additional family planning centers of excellence in line with the National Birth Spacing and Family Planning Strategy .
Commenting on the initiative, the British Ambassador to Iraq, HE Mark Bryson-Richardson, said: “The UK is delighted to support the implementation of Iraq’s family planning strategy and to see local communities , especially women and girls, have access to quality health care. arrangement.”
For her part, UNFPA Representative in Iraq, Dr. Rita Columbia, said: “All women and girls in Iraq have the right to be protected and to have access to health services of good quality. Using human rights and survivor-centred approaches, these centers will provide families, women and girls with the information and services they need about health, including reproductive health, and how to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is creating a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
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