Stichting Vluchteling & Yazda’s Expanding Partnership to Support Survivors & victims of ISIS Crimes

Last week, Yazda and Stichting Vluchteling (Netherlands Refugee Foundation) signed two project agreements to expand their partnership and to continue providing quality health services and medicines to people in Sinjar, while also providing psychosocial and administrative support to women and children survivors of ISIS enslavement.

Mobile Medical Clinic: Since 10.02.2016, this mobile clinic has provided free health services and medicines to the community in 14 villages north of Sinjar Mountain. This has amounted to between 1300-1800 patients per month. The project has been funded by Stichting Vluchteling since 1.04.2018 and it will continue for another year under the new agreement. The Mobile Medical Clinic team consists of a medical doctor, 2 nurses, 1 pharmacist and 1 driver.

The communities based in these villages often have limited access to healthcare due to their physically remote location and financial background. The villages are located in mountainous areas on the slopes of Mount Sinjar and far off the main road, which means the only access is through unpaved muddy roads. During snowfall in winter, and with heavy floods in spring, access is restricted even further. The majority of the population in the aforementioned area are poor farmers and shepherds who rarely leave their home villages. The continuation of the Mobile Medical Unit is therefore vital to serve these vulnerable communities and ensure they have access to essential, basic health services and medicine.

Supporting Survivors of ISIS Enslavement: This project is aiming to improve the Yazda case management capabilities and to provide support to Yazidi women and children who have been victims of human rights violations under IS. It aims to help them meet their basic needs and help facilitate their social reintegration, while also providing support to new survivor arrivals by reissuing lost identification documents, including marriage and birth certificates. It also seeks to provide self-care to case managers and reinforce case management IT platform capabilities.

Yazda is grateful for the integral support offered by Stichting Vluchteling and looks forward to continuing our partnership well into the future.