Sunday, 12 April 2015 09:28

IOM Iraq Signs MoU with Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution

Baghdad, 10 April 2015 - IOM Iraq this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution in Baghdad to advance humanitarian programs in response to the current crisis.


The agreement covers cooperation in emergency response distributions, provision of health and psychosocial services, and livelihoods programming. The organizations will also collaborate on staff training in business development, health and psychosocial programming.

Both organizations are focused on assisting vulnerable people and will share methods to identify and help the most vulnerable, especially those displaced by conflict.

IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said: “Humanitarian organizations need to combine efforts and scale up to adequately respond to the continued crisis. IOM Iraq looks forward to enhancing our relationship with Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution, especially in health programming, to better serve the most vulnerable. We thank the Government of Iraq and all our partners on the ground for working hand-in-hand to facilitate IOM’s emergency response.”

Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution Deputy Head Mazin Ahmed Amin said: “We are pleased to sign this agreement for mutual support with IOM to assist poor and crisis-affected Iraqis. We will share our expertise in health service training and beneficiary identification, and our vision to improve the situation in Iraq.”

The founder of Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution, Sheikh Dr. Humam Hamoudy, who is First Deputy Speaker of Iraq’s Parliament, expressed his support for the agreement.

IOM Iraq has expanded its emergency programmes in response to the current crisis in 2014-15. It has distributed over 105,000 family non-food item kits and over 9,700 winterized tents and shelters to vulnerable IDPs across Iraq since January 2014. 

Emergency response efforts include the provision of primary health care, psychosocial assistance and livelihoods programming. IOM also contributes to migration management capacity building through providing training for government officials.

Bahjat al-Baqir Charitable Institution offers poverty alleviation programming, health services, and emergency distributions for vulnerable and displaced people and orphans in central and southern Iraq. The organization runs 35 health clinics and offers training in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. It has assisted thousands of vulnerable people since its establishment in 2012.

IOM Iraq’s most recent Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), published this week, identified 2,683,668 Iraqis (447,278 families) internally displaced countrywide from January 2014 through 26 March 2015.

The most recent IOM Iraq DTM dataset, Dashboards, and Dynamic Displacement Map, in addition to previous DTM products, can be found at:


For more information please contact Sandra Black at IOM Iraq. Tel: +964 751 234 2550, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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