Kurdistan Save the Children is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian organisation, established in 199, that provides assistance to children regardless of race, gender, political or religious affiliation.
Kurdistan Save the Children, through its health sector, aims to provide all children with healthcare, deliver clinical support and provide the means to help rehabilitate children who suffer from diseases or have certain disabilities.
Thousands of helpless diseased children are in need of fast treatment or surgery abroad as the conditions they have been diagnosed with are not treatable inside Kurdistan and Iraq. Among these cases, more than 3000 children have congenital heart diseases that if left untreated, may result in their death or leave them paralyzed. Many other children are diagnosed with thalassemia, different types of cancer, spinal disorders and congenital hearing loss.
Kurdistan Save the Children offers financial support to the less fortunate low-income families by funding expensive surgeries and treatments. We help the families to identify the necessary treatment, and if the medical care is not available locally, we either try to access help or treatment abroad ourselves, or refer the families to respective abroad facilities and clinics. Either way, we help to arrange the funding necessary in cooperation with foreign governments or NGOs. Furthermore, KSC invites special foreign medical teams several times annually not only to perform surgeries that are yet to be performed in local clinics, but also to conduct training and workshops to the local doctors in Kurdistan.
In 2014, in addition to the large number of children who needed treatment for cancer, hearing, bone and congenital heart conditions, a large number of children from families who sought refuge in Kurdistan needed diagnosis and clinical treatment.
KSC runs a children rehabilitation centre with the co-operation of the local Ministry of Health. It specialises in treating children with mental and physical disabilities, chronic and incurable diseases. At present, we have a recorded 15,000 such children, in Sulaimaniya and the surrounding areas.
KSC also funds and runs various research projects related to health and medical treatment. The nature of the research differs from time to time. However, the objectives are the same – to improve the general health of all children.
‘I left my home in Anbar 2 months ago because Daesh came for us.. I want to thank kurdistan save the children because they have nice teachers and i like playing and drawing in their center’