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Emergency Field Hospital in Iraq cared for thousands of patients in 2017

December 28, 2017 • Iraq
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After months of work, Samaritan’s Purse handed its 50-bed facility over to the Iraqi Ministry of Health and now continues to serve the displaced in other ways. Watch a video about our medical response in Iraq in 2017.

Our medical team cared for patients severely injured in the conflict between Iraqi security forces and ISIS in Mosul. This 7-year-old boy lost his feet due to a mortar blast that hit while he played soccer with his friends.

Our medical team cared for patients severely injured in the conflict between Iraqi security forces and ISIS in Mosul. This 7-year-old boy lost his feet due to a mortar blast that hit while he played soccer with his friends.

For almost nine months, Samaritan’s Purse provided expert care and Christian compassion to critically injured children and adults at our Emergency Field Hospital outside of Mosul, Iraq. Our hospital treated patients in desperate need, including those hurt by gunfire, land mines, mortar rounds, car bombings, and improvised explosives.

Our revolving medical team of expatriates and nationals treated nearly 4,200 patients, many of whom were women and children. More than 1,700 surgeries were performed since the hospital’s opening in early January—an average of seven per day. In total, more than 450 Samaritan’s Purse staff served at the hospital.

“Not only did they provide expert trauma care,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said,”but they also prayed with and ministered to each patient in the Name of Jesus Christ.”

On September 28, 2017, we officially handed over the hospital to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, a partner in this project since its inception.

“Not only did they provide expert trauma care, but they also prayed with and ministered to each patient in the Name of Jesus Christ.”
—Franklin Graham

Samaritan’s Purse continues to provide physical and spiritual relief to the people of northern Iraq in other ways. In partnership with the World Food Programme, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed more than 12,000 metric tons of food to over 48,000 households. In addition, we provide water, sanitation, and hygiene services in several camps and transit stations for the displaced. We also offer nutritional services to these families as well.

Please pray for the trauma hospital, now led by the Iraqi Ministry of Health, to continue to be a place of healing. Pray also for our continuing efforts to provide relief—food, clean water, clothing, and more—to many tens of thousands of adults and children.

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