With more than 270,000 people already displaced from Mosul and another 600,000 estimated to still remain within the city, the need for emergency medical care continues to increase.
After a request from the Iraqi Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) had 30 specially equipped ambulances procured in Dubai. With the support of the Logistics Cluster and through a WFP Aviation contracted-aircraft, the first 15 vehicles were airlifted into Erbil International Airport on 20 March.
These ambulances will be donated to a number of humanitarian organisations operating close to the front lines; they will be used for trauma care and to transport critically injured patients from conflict zones to trauma stabilisation points, hospitals and operative care points, as well as for the treatment of emergency obstetrics cases.
“Early access to ambulance services is an important component of trauma care to ensure patient outcomes in emergency situations. WHO’s priority is to prevent avoidable loss of lives and further injury complications by providing rapid transport and medical treatment to ensure survival within the golden hour,” said Mr. Altaf Musani, WHO Representative for Iraq.
As part of the operations in Iraq, the Logistics Cluster works to facilitate airlifts of humanitarian cargo to fill emergency gaps in available in-country stock. Working with WHO and WFP Aviation, the Logistics Cluster was able to support humanitarian actors in Iraq to better serve the trauma needs of the affected populations across the north of the country.
The other fifteen ambulances are currently being processed and, with further support from the Logistics Cluster, will be airlifted to Erbil in the coming weeks.