Day with humanitarian workers

Photo documentary of humanitarian workers and doctors working for STEP-IN organisation in Iraq, explores their environment and working conditions in refugee camps and remote areas.

Local STEP-IN’s employees are preparing car with supplies, to provide health care in remote villages, which don’t have any medical support.

Pump attendant is refuelling STEP-IN’s car at small petrol station. STEP-IN team is performing village assessment to see whether there are any villages without regular medical care.

Team is searching for the leader of the village (also known as mukhutar). In some cases, there is more than one mukhutar so it can be difficult to find the “right” one.

Interview with mukhutar (the leader of the village). Getting information for assessment whether or not village needs mobile medical care.

Mobile clinics always provide basic medical standards. Small team is able to set up reception, waiting room, pharmacy and private doctor’s room (behind the red tables).

People at reception are an important part of mobile clinic. They not only register patients, but also gather location GPS data, document diseases and send them to central health organisation. These data are combined and compared with other institutions in Iraq, to control potential disease epidemics.

Mobile pharmacy delivers advanced medication to all patients. Local institutions usually prescribes antibiotics, which are not always necessary.

Photographer from Polish Caritas is documenting STEP-IN’s activities. STEP-IN relies on strong partners and it is a vital element for their operations in this area.

Receptions at clinics are opened on daily basis. This particular clinic accommodates two more organisations. Therefore reception is busy and requires more than two people to run smoothly.

Volunteer learns to speak Kurdish. Ability to react in local language comes handy when there is no translator around to help.

Small doctor room gives enough privacy for patients. The only disruptive element can be a translator who is an important part of communication between patient and doctor.

Unique working conditions often makes examination of patients entertaining.

Laboratory is an essential part of the clinic, which ensures fast and effective patient treatments.

Emergency room is used everyday. Even though room is not equipped with the newest technology, it works when needed.

Pharmacy also serves as a main storage for all medications. It’s a place with steady temperature and main source of drugs for mobile clinic.

STEP-IN team is enjoying early sunrise at ruins of Saddam Hussein’s villa. Exploration of this huge country is a part of volunteers’ free time activities.

Ruins of Saddam Hussein’s living room – at first glance, it doesn’t look like a perfect place for a swing.