Strengthening the resilience of the health system in Iraq: Investing in the management of pharmaceutical and biomedical technologies – Iraq

Erbil, 29 September 2022 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Iraq, in partnership with the Kurdistan Region Ministry of Health, has opened new WHO warehouses located in the Ministry’s storage area of Health of Kurdistan in the governorate of Erbil.

The inauguration marks the initial phase of a major shift from direct service delivery to building health sector resilience and strengthening health systems, including investment in pharmaceutical and drug management. biomedical technologies. A similar action is planned for all governorates with the aim of strengthening the health system in Iraq and strengthening national capacities in the areas of procurement, storage, shipment and overall management of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies across the country.

“I am extremely pleased to oversee this significant shift in forecasting, sourcing, stocking and managing medical technology. This represents a cornerstone of our drive to reform health systems in Iraq,” said Dr Ahmed Zouiten, WHO Representative in Iraq. “We are committed, alongside our Ministry of Health counterparts in the Kurdistan Region and at the federal level, to strengthening the medical technology supply chain as an investment that brings us one step closer to achieving the universal health coverage in Kurdistan and in all the governorates of Iraq. added Dr Zouiten.

A warehouse area of ​​2000 m², sufficient to accommodate more than 1000 pallets, was designated by the Ministry of Health of Kurdistan to WHO earlier this year. The new warehouses have been renovated and fitted out according to international standards with a digitized inventory system. A training and mentorship program will be undertaken by a WHO technical team with the aim of standardizing and improving the supply chain management of pharmaceutical and medical technologies across the country.

“The management of medicines and medical equipment is a pillar of the health system because without good medicines and medical equipment, there would be no access to health and therefore no universal health coverage”, concluded Dr. Zouiten.

This program and all of the accomplishments to date would not have been possible without the effective partnerships and support of our major donors, including the European Humanitarian Commission, USAID Humanitarian Office, the US Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. , the State of Kuwait and the Government of Germany.

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