Germany and UNICEF work together to support most vulnerable children
Germany and UNICEF work together to support most vulnerable children and respond to COVID-19 in Dohuk Governorate
Baghdad, 7 October 2021.- On 5 October, a joint visit of the acting German Consul General, Sven Mossler, and UNICEF to Dohuk governorate served to assess children rights situation in the area, along with COVID-19 response, and reflect on joint work supporting most vulnerable children in the area.
The first part of the visit focused on Domiz Camp for Syrian Refugees, and children situation in the camp. Acting German Consul General and UNICEF had the opportunity to observe the work done with the financial support of German Government, including a child protection center and Afreen school, which also counts with support from the Netherlands and BPRM.
Thanks to the joint work with national and international partners in the field, UNICEF projects supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW Development Bank have allowed to improve child protection situation in the camp. Only for 2021, 623 children (331 girls and 292 boys) have completed a full cycle of structured psychosocial support and the same number of parents were involved in a preparatory session at the beginning of the cycle and an evaluation session at the end of the program.
In addition, 144 children (54 girls and 90 boys) were assisted through individual case management and almost 3,250 children and caregivers were reached through awareness raising sessions on child protection issues.
The second part of the visit allowed to better understand COVID-19 response in Azadi Hospital, the biggest hospital in Dohuk Governorate, currently accommodating over 15,000 patients, providing medical services for IDPs, refugees and host communities.
Through the funds provided by the German Government for the work done in the hospital, UNICEF has worked jointly with the Directorate of Health in Duhok with COVID-19 response support, including provision of cold-chain equipment, training courses for the medical teams working at the vaccination center at the hospital, and also supported printing registration cards and books. The vaccine unit at Azadi hospital started the operations on 12 April this year, and till now 44,315 shots were delivered for 30,685 eligible individuals (13,685 of them are fully vaccinated now).
Furthermore, thanks to the WASH component of the project, most hospitals medical liquid wastes are treated as per required standards, which will contribute in reducing pollution impact on the environment by reducing discharging medical liquid waste to open environment. This treatment serves to eliminate the health risk hazards, prevent WASH related communicable diseases spreading among children and their families through reducing medical liquid waste impact on the environment.
These two visits served to showcase the strength of UNICEF and German development cooperation in Iraq and the need to continue working for every child and in the response to COVID-19.
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