An Iraqi injured in a car accident stands in her room at MSF Hospital for Specialized Reconstructive Surgery in Amman. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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The Iraqi government has recognized that the growing and widespread mental health crisis in the country needs urgent attention, and has asked MSF to help it develop policies to deal with the situation, the charity's country director says.MSF works across Iraq, except for areas controlled by ISIS, with over 600 staff.Already deeply scarred by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and the subsequent 2006-2007 civil war, Iraq's progress was again stalled in 2013, following the ISIS takeover of Fallujah, exacerbated last year when the extremist group suddenly seized around a third of the country.Many of the IDP populations reside in areas close to the front line, and many have limited freedom of movement, so MSF's work in Iraq mainly involves mobile health clinics, which can reach those in need of help.Due to the lack of sufficient post-operative care within Iraq and the unstable security situation, MSF refers wounded Iraqis to its hospital in Jordan's Amman, which provides reconstructive surgery, psychosocial support and physiotherapy.The key concern Forgione sees for Iraq at the moment is that there is currently no end in sight to the conflict, so longer-term planning and projects are vital.
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