As part of its response to humanitarian emergencies, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is helping the program led by the NGO PU-AMI in the Bardarash refugee camp in Iraq.
Since late 2013, Iraq has been hit by a new wave of violence and instability, forcing 2.4 million people to flee from the conflict zones. Transit camps have been set up by Iraqi-Kurdish and Iraqi governments, alongside those already receiving Syrian refugees. Between September and February, some 135,000 displaced persons living in inadequate shelters were transferred to the camps by the government and UN agencies.
Due to the magnitude of the crisis, the authorities are unable to cope with the constant influx of refugees.
The PU-AMI Association (Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale) is working in Bardarash District camps, located in the province of Dohuk, which hold about 10,000 people. The NGO has set itself the task of improving the health of displaced people by providing high-quality primary healthcare and by promoting best health practices.
It also works alongside Syrian refugees outside the camps, in actions coordinated with the local authorities: two mobile clinics and latrines have been built to avoid epidemics.
The Sanofi Espoir Foundation supports PU-AMI in its activities in maternal and child health, which focus particularly on the mother-child bond, and promote best practices in hygiene and health. Since mid-April 2015, a new health center has been built which will also offer a special intimate space for women, a fundamental need within that community.