On September 25, the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministries of Health and Planning of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to support the KRG efforts in improving primary health care. The MOU was signed by the KRG Minister of Health, Dr. Rekawt Hama Rasheed, KRG Minister of Planning, Dr. Ali Sindi, and the USAID Mission Director, Mr. Thomas H. Staal. USAID is partnering with the KRG Ministry of Health to strengthen the delivery of primary health care services and ensure the availability of high quality healthcare to all of Iraq's citizens.
The MOU highlights the joint commitment of both parties to improve Iraq's health care system through a collaborative working relationship and project co-financing. This event was attended by high-level official representatives from USAID, KRG MoH, as well as Iraqi MoH. This MOU further confirms the joint goal and dedication of the K-MoH and USAID to make sustainable, long-term achievements in the development of the Iraqi health sector. The public signing of this MOU, which was captured by various Iraqi news outlets and media, served as a communal pledge by the K-MoH and USAID to ensure that all Iraqis have access to quality PHC services.