Yazda Mobile Medical Clinic in Sinjar doubles its efforts to respond to COVID-19

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

Yazda Mobile Medical Clinic in Sinjar doubles its efforts to respond to COVID-19 and support its regular clients

Yazda’s Mobile Medical Clinic team in Sinjar doubled its efforts in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, and continue to provide free health care services and medicine to the local communities in 14 villages located on the northern side of the Sinjar Mountain.

In the month of July, the Mobile Medical Clinic Team- which consists of a medical doctor, two nurses, one pharmacist, and driver- provided health services to 1204 patients. This included programs for educating the community about the COVID19 pandemic and the distribution of masks, gloves, and PPE. Additionally, the team provided instructions, physical assessment, and treatment to 214 patients who are suffering from chronic diseases including Diabetes Miletus, hypertension, asthma, and epilepsy.

These village communities were directly affected by the 2014 genocide. Some villagers are survivors themselves, and today have very limited access to healthcare services due to the physically remote location and their socioeconomic status. The villages are located on the slopes of Mount Sinjar and far off main roads and the only access is through unpaved muddy back-roads. During the snowfall and rain in the winter, and with heavy floods in the spring, access can be restricted even further. The majority of the population in these areas are poor farmers and shepherds who rarely leave their home villages.

The mission of this Mobile Medical Unit is instrumental to serve these vulnerable communities and in ensuring they have access to essential and basic health services and medicine, especially during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Yazda is grateful to Stichting Vluchteling for their generous support to the people of Sinjar and to this important project.