Press Release

Maternity wing of Field Hospital at Athba, Mosul now fully operational

18 April 2017
Dr.Luay Shabaneh, UNFPA Arab States Regional Director and UNFPA Representative in Iraq Mr.Ramanathan Balakrishnan at the UNFPA maternity wing of the field hospital in Adhba, Iraq

On 13 April, the maternity wing of Adhba field hospital was inaugurated in the presence of UNFPA’s director for the Arab region, Dr Luay Shabaneh, and its representative in Iraq, Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan. Adhba  hospital now serves as the main referral point to static and mobile reproductive health facilities in West Mosul, and provides critical life-saving medical interventions to women facing complicated deliveries and other reproductive emergencies. The maternity wing has twenty beds and an operating theatre for emergencies. The maternity wing in Adhba hospital is well integrated with the trauma wing of the hospital run by WHO.

“To be able to access quality maternal health care in an area where over 300,000 people are believed to be displaced is quite an achievement,” said Dr Shabaneh.

Aspen medical team holding the newly born baby at the UNFPA maternity wing of the field hospital in Adhba, Iraq 

The UNFPA field maternity hospital in Adhba is the result of close cooperation with WHO and provides comprehensive reproductive health care including emergency obstetric services to women and girls

“On the day we were there, a baby was born healthy following a Caesarean-section by extremely dedicated doctors who spotted the complication early enough to be able to respond adequately,’ said Dr Shabaneh.  

The maternity wing of the field hospital is supported by the resources of OCHA Central Emergency Fund (CERF), ECHO and US OFDA. The medical services in Athba hospital are provided by Aspen medical International.