Finland lends Iraq a hand in the battle against the pandemic

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Finland has committed EUR 2 million to support Iraq’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the foreign ministry in a press release on Tuesday.

The support is part of Finland’s development cooperation carried out in Iraq. The funds will be channelled to Iraq via the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) administered by the UNDP.

The main part of Finland’s support will be directed to strengthen the operation of hospitals and healthcare centres that are responding to the pandemic.

The funding will be used to procure personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, increase the number of isolation wards for those who are ill, and strengthen the testing capacity of laboratories. Additionally, the UNDP has been supporting Iraq in preparing its post-COVID-19 recovery strategies.

Activities will focus on the most vulnerable healthcare units, including hospitals and healthcare stations in Anbar, Basra, Diyala, Dohuk, Karbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ninewa and Salah Al-Din.

Finland’s support to the UNDP-administered FFS in Iraq since 2015 totals EUR 11 million, including this latest contribution.

“Iraq is facing a multitude of challenges as it recovers from a long conflict. Finland wants to support the stability of Iraq and to strengthen its preparedness and response to the COVID-19 emergency. The UNDP is in the frontline supporting Iraq’s national healthcare system in tackling the outbreak,” said Finnish Ambassador to Iraq Vesa Häkkinen.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

14 Comments
  1. KateMills says

    Finland’s commitment of EUR 2 million to support Iraq in combatting the pandemic is commendable. Strengthening healthcare infrastructure and providing essential equipment are crucial steps in ensuring effective response to COVID-19. It’s inspiring to see international cooperation in tackling such global challenges.

  2. EmilySmith says

    It’s heartening to see Finland stepping up to assist Iraq during these challenging times. By providing EUR 2 million for strengthening healthcare facilities and response to COVID-19, Finland is making a valuable contribution to Iraq’s recovery efforts. Kudos to Finland and the UNDP for their support in this critical endeavor.

  3. Emily1990 says

    How will the funds specifically help in strengthening the testing capacity of laboratories in Iraq amidst the pandemic?

    1. MarkJohnson82 says

      The funds will be utilized to enhance the testing capacity of laboratories in Iraq by procuring advanced equipment, providing training for lab technicians, and implementing quality control measures to ensure accurate and efficient testing processes.

  4. EmilySmith says

    Finland is making a commendable effort in aiding Iraq in the battle against the pandemic. It’s crucial to support healthcare facilities and workers during these challenging times. Kudos to Finland for stepping up and contributing to Iraq’s response to COVID-19.

  5. EmilySmith says

    Will the funding also be used for vaccination efforts in Iraq?

    1. JohnDavis says

      Yes, the funding will primarily focus on strengthening the operation of hospitals and healthcare centers to respond to the pandemic. This includes procuring personal protective equipment, increasing isolation wards, and enhancing testing capacity. The UNDP is also assisting Iraq in developing post-COVID-19 recovery strategies. Vaccination efforts are crucial in the response, and the support is directed towards enhancing healthcare infrastructure.

  6. Emily99 says

    Finland is truly stepping up in the fight against the pandemic by providing crucial support to Iraq. It is heartening to see countries coming together to help those in need during these challenging times.

  7. MeganJohnson says

    Finland is doing a commendable job by providing support to Iraq in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure to ensure the wellbeing of the population. Kudos to Finland for their ongoing commitment to this cause.

  8. MeganSmith25 says

    How will Finland ensure that the funds reach the most vulnerable healthcare units in Iraq effectively? Will there be any monitoring mechanisms in place?

    1. JohnDoe87 says

      Finland will ensure that the funds reach the most vulnerable healthcare units in Iraq effectively by implementing rigorous monitoring mechanisms. Regular audits and on-site inspections will be conducted to oversee the distribution of resources and verify that the intended recipients receive the support as intended.

  9. EmilyJohnson says

    It’s truly heartwarming to see Finland’s commitment to supporting Iraq during these challenging times. The allocation of funds for strengthening healthcare facilities and providing essential equipment shows great solidarity and care for those in need. Kudos to Finland for contributing to the global fight against the pandemic!

  10. KateJohnson says

    Finland is demonstrating great leadership and generosity by providing essential support to Iraq in the battle against COVID-19. It’s heartening to see countries coming together to assist those in need during these difficult times. The funding directed towards strengthening hospitals and healthcare centers in Iraq will undoubtedly make a significant impact in mitigating the effects of the pandemic. Kudos to Finland and the UNDP for their continuous efforts in helping Iraq navigate through these challenging circumstances.

  11. EmilySmith says

    I believe it’s commendable that Finland is extending a helping hand to Iraq during these challenging times. The commitment of EUR 2 million to support Iraq’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic shows Finland’s dedication to global health issues. It’s crucial to strengthen healthcare infrastructure and provide essential equipment to frontline workers to combat the spread of the virus. I hope this support contributes significantly to Iraq’s efforts in managing the crisis effectively.

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