Ongoing violence in the Middle East has affected millions of people, with over 302,000 families internally displaced in the Iraqi Kurdistan region in 2014. An estimate of 40% of these IDPs sought shelter in spontaneous communal settlements such as schools and abandoned or unfinished buildings. The families lacked heat, electricity, running water, latrines and proper protection from the elements. With no foreseeable end to the crisis and winter fast approaching, humanitarian needs in the Kurdistan region were immense. Access to basic necessities such as water remained insecure. In response to the refugee crisis, GlobalMedic secured access to safe, clean drinking water for thousands of IDPs.
3+ MILLION IDPs IN IRAQ
10 MILLION IN NEED
350,000 IDPs IN KURDISTAN
The needs in Erbil and the surrounding areas were immense, especially in relation to access to clean drinking water for IDPs. As a result, GlobalMedic ran a program focusing on providing access to clean drinking water using three different methods, to ensure we were responding appropriately to both beneficiary and situational needs on the ground, as well as being responsive to the needs as assessed by local partners operational in and around Erbil.
The urgent water needs were addressed through the operation of an AquaResponse 10 Water Purification System which produces 40 litres of clean drinking water every minute. The distribution of 1.4 million Aquatab water purification tablets effectively purified another 14 million litres of drinking water. Distribution of Rainfresh household water purification units provided 540 families with clean water for an entire year.