The Iraqi Telemedicine Center (ITC) is the first Iraqi telemedicine initiative, founded in 2014 by Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid. The idea of establishing the center came as a result of the reality of healthcare sector and the humanitarian crises in Iraq and the whole region. The main problems the healthcare sector in Iraq suffers from are: 1) Shortage in healthcare personnel and medical specialties; 2) Poor healthcare infrastructure; 3) Difficulties to access physicians, clinics, and hospitals either due to long distance, security concerns, lack of transportation means, or time constraint; 4) The high cost of healthcare services and limited purchase power of the patients; and 5) In times of humanitarian crises, the aforementioned problems worsen because of the impact of disasters on healthcare system and usually inefficient response of healthcare authorities. The humanitarian context in Iraq allows for the utilization of telemedicine techniques and technologies, as majority of IDPs and disaster affected people own phones and they reside or move in areas provided with phone and Internet services.
The goal of the center is to improve access to healthcare in Iraq by utilizing the Internet and other telecommunication technologies. All the services provided by the center are free and are available to all people in need regardless of their location, religion, sect, race, gender, or any other personal characteristics.
Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid self-funded the establishment of ITC without any contribution from an external party. ITC is not affiliated with any religious or political party or any organization with suspicious agenda.
ITC invites all Iraqi healthcare personnel (physicians, dentists, psychologists, etc.) to volunteer and become members of ITC. Interested candidates can submit their application to email@example.com
For more information, please visit www.tele-doctors.com or call 00964 7901166147