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Nonprofit Signs Deal To Improve Baghdad’s Health Care

BAGHDAD -- The Baghdad city government has signed a deal with a humanitarian organization to improve health care in the capital, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.

The two-year cooperation agreement was signed on June 10 between the Baghdad local government and the International Medical Corps (IMC), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization.

Dr. Tariq al-Hassoun, the IMC director in Iraq, told RFI that his organization has implemented projects worth some $180 million in Iraq since 2003.

He added that the new agreement will help the Baghdad city government prioritize its objectives according to the needs of the population and within specific districts.

Kamil al-Zaidi, the chairman of the Baghdad provincial council, told RFI that the city government has comprehensive data about all parts of the capital that will be put at the disposal of the IMC.

In partnership with Iraq's Health Ministry, the IMC has implemented a national "emergency medicinal care development program" for Iraq in which the organization has trained hundreds of Iraqis around the country as emergency medical technicians.