• Goran Abdulla

Concerns about Darashakran refugee camp

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to express our gratitude for the generous and excellent support you are providing to Syrian refugee camps in Iraq. We are particularly grateful for your assistance to the vulnerable populations at Darashakran refugee camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). As a civil society advocacy group, we would like to provide our assistance and help as much as possible. One way we could contribute is through observations that we are making on the nature and quality of the service provided by organisations like UNFPA and its partners in KRI. In that vein, we would like to offer some observations related specifically to the services provided at Darashakran refugee camp in KRI. We based these observations on reports within the camp that we have received recently. We would be grateful if you could take the time to consider them. As you are well aware, maternity health services are of utmost importance for refugees in the camp. However, it was brought to our attention that the gynaecologist who is assigned to the camp by your organisation is only available twice a week rather than full time. According to credible information, this has been the case for over the last four months. Furthermore, we were provided with information that the doctor who was providing maternity services to the refugees of the camp was in fact a dermatologist. The dermatologist worked for about six months and only was replaced in September 2020 Ampby a gynaecologist. We are also concerned by the political affiliation of the organisations that you contracted with to provide the services. As you are probably aware, unfortunately, many non-governmental organisations in KRI are in fact affiliated or closely linked to the main political parties in KRI. We are concerned that the organisation that you have contacted with to provide services to the Darashakran camp is not completely neutral. As a civil society organization that does mainly advocacy work to protect the public health rights of people in KRI, we would like to offer again our assistance and help. Please let us know if there is a convenient time that we could meet virtually to discuss these issues and many more in further detail. best wishes

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