This year, we are once again running a winter preparation campaign, this time at the Baharka camp and Al-Hamadaniya district in Iraqi Kurdistan, and we will provide winter clothes for the neediest families. This type of help will allow you not only to protect yourself from the cold but also to move around the camp freely in clothes that suit the weather conditions, without giving up your daily activities.
We also support your local clinic by providing free medication to start treatment promptly and reduce the spread of infection and associated complications. We provide similar assistance, among others refugees from Syria and Afghanistan who need uninterrupted access to medical and material assistance.
Life in the camp goes on outside - whole families live in tents, there is a place for children to do homework or to sleep, but using the toilet or small service points requires walking through the soggy area. Appropriate clothes and warm footwear are essential to avoid diseases that are difficult to cure in camp conditions. In turn, ensuring access to free medicines allows you to start treatment immediately, without a costly trip to the nearest city, protecting the health of other family members - says Małgorzata Olasińska-Chart.
In winter, temperatures in the Erbil province drop below zero degrees, and there is also snowfall and rainfall. These conditions are extremely harsh for the inhabitants of the camps, who have to protect the tents against the penetrating frost. The only source of heating are stoves, which - due to the high fuel prices - receive any waste, pieces of wood found in the area, and sometimes also rubbish, which makes families vulnerable to respiratory diseases. Tents that heat up to 40 degrees in summer are a dangerous trap in winter. Regular adaptation of camps to changing weather is one of the most important preventive tasks that save the health of residents.