Social and Medical

2012 Mar 09th

Green Cross continues to support poison gas-affected Kurdish communities in northern Iraq

Green Cross, through its Social Care activities within the SOCMED programme, has been providing health and social care to thousands of people living in communities in northern Iraq targeted by chemical weapons during the 1980s.

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Some 8,000 women have received specialist primary, maternal and psychosocial health services, plus educational and social support, at the Green Cross-supported Halabja Women’s Centre. Over 1,700 people have received primary health care, referral and social support from Green Cross-funded mobile teams.

Around 3,000 children from villages across northern Iraq have received basic primary health care services and psychosocial support from the Green Cross Mobile Playground since 2009.

The Mobile Playgound project involves a bus with toys, a slippery dip, musical instruments and a library which travels to poor and remote villages, whose populations suffered both from poison gas attacks during the late 1980s. Chilren can lend games and books from the bus, which can be returned at the next visit, in approximately one month's time.
The bus is accompanied regularly by doctors and other professionals who examine children. 
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