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Welcome to Iraq Health Access

Iraq Health Access was registered in Iraq under ref. (IL 77836).

It is the continuity of Iraq Health Aid Organization, established in May 2008 but had to be renewed as per rules of Government of Iraq.

The newly registered body continues to carry out the same vision, values, and mission statement. It is a health specialized organization that works on improving the health and social determinants of health of the Iraqi individuals with focus on the most vulnerable ones presented by women, children and disabled.

The history of IHAO was built on very high standards in funding, design performance and implementation. Unlike the norm, IHAO started with big funding from international organizations and US institutions, where we functioned on multiple-governorate schemes.

By the 2014, funding was very limited by the international community and we were left to meet the local, healthcare demands. These conditions set the ground for IHAO to create a learning curve as an organization. We had to learn how to move past the big, structured, long-term project model to smaller projects with focused results.

Today, we are implementing with smaller budgets but we are meeting and surpassing goals at fractions of the budgets we were accustomed to. Our model presents a true success story of self-sufficiency for ourselves, partners, and the communities we serve. In the coming years, we hope to focus our attention on finding partners who seek a dynamic partnership with projects that are amendable to the community needs. In seeking such partnership, we stress the importance of communication between us and our partners throughout every stage in a project.

IHAO Crises Model

Pros:

Immediate response to pressing issues.

Ability to respond to the Minority Yazidis Christian, Shabak,etc.) community’s needs.

Deliver aid to communities in conflict zones and those just recovering conflict in the war with ISIS.

Improving environment for learning in schools and facilities for internally displaced people.

Collaborative project building.

A continuous communication process with partners and sponsors which allows strategic building and cost efficiency.

Flexibility in project design.

We are more able to cater our support per community.

Cons:

Relatively small budgets.

Almost no access to multi-national platforms for our partners.

Nonprofits and NGOs, especially in the US, depend on the prestige to raise funds.

IHAO Traditional Aid

Pros:

Big budgets.

Large impact in focus area.

Systemized follow up.

Cons:

Rigid structure no flexibility.

The hierarchy of organization makes communication difficult.

Fixed local vendors which run at high costs and prevent competition.

IHAO also aims to work on Small Diversified Projects (SDP)s, were we work on creating Income generating projects for female headed households and people with disabilities. As of 2009, we had multi donor funding such programs such as

ICRC-2009-2016

PLC 2015

IRD : 2011-2012

IOM: 2008

Over eight years of experience, IHAO worked with International organizations and large scale donors among whom:

International Organization of Migration (IOM )

International Relief and Development (IRD)5

USAID

DOD

US Institute for Peace (USIP)

Vital Voices

International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC)

Since ISIS invaded Iraq in 2014, IHAO worked on crisis of IDP and partnered with Local US partners.

Iraqi Children Foundation (IRC)

Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC)

Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)

Kharadah Project

Rotary Club Austin (indirectly)

International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC)

We focus on inclusion and integration on social, humanitarian, and economic fronts. The effort is almost entirely based in rural communities. We have noticed that integration and inclusion achieve the following goals:

Prevention of radicalization.

Poverty and marginalization are, at the very least, factors which contribute to radicalization.

By providing support though a multi-sectarian team to different sects and religions we send a message of solidarity that is both tangible and symbolic.

Economic Development.

By using income generating projects, we are essentially starting small businesses that provide for families and the overall economy.

Provides income and eliminates need for alternatives.

Including women, people with disabilities, and minorities in income generating groups we engage segments of the community who can contribute to the economy.

Consisting with the findings of the ADA.

Empowerment of Youth and Women.

Engaging young people in civil society by volunteering is an inclusive policy that we need to focus upon.

Instill values of work and social engagement by praising heroic acts and good deeds.

Economic power provides women with a strong voice, which is widely supported across different societies.

Build grassroots networks of young professionals.