Sunday, 19 November 2017 12:58

WHO strengthens the capacity of family physicians in Iraq as an approach towards achieving universal health coverage

Baghdad, Iraq, 15 November 2017 – As part of its support to strengthen service delivery for universal health coverage in Iraq, and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, WHO supported a 4-day training of trainers course.

The training was designed by the Family Medicine Department at the American University of Beirut Medical Center at the request of WHO, aimed at building the capacities of 21 family medicine practitioners in the Ministry of Health in Iraq and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to better prepare them to host, adapt and facilitate a combined theoretical (online) and practical bridging course for general practitioners in the country and to orient them on the principles and elements of primary care services.

This will improve general practitioners technical skills in service delivery for universal health coverage as well as to increase the number of family practitioners.

Forty five percent (45%) of Iraq’s medical doctors are general practitioners. WHO has identified family practice as an efficient and effective approach to improve the delivery of primary health care services in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region. A preliminary assessment of primary health care (PHC) conducted in 22 countries in the Region, showed that 90% of PHC facilities are managed by general physicians who are certified to work without further specialized training after graduating from medical schools.

Universal health coverage aims to ensure that everyone receives the quality services that they need, and are protected from health threats, without suffering financial hardship. It is a way of reducing poverty and increasing health security, so that no one is left behind.

For more information, please contact:
Pauline Ajello
Communications Officer
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Ajyal Sultany
Communications Officer
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