Aug. 01, 2018
Mobile Medical Unit Delivered in Iraq
Sumitomo Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Hyodo) delivered a mobile medical unit (hereinafter, “the Delivery”) to the Iraqi Red Crescent Society on July 15.
Repeated conflict and fighting against terrorist organizations in Iraq have dealt tremendous blows to the Iraqi populace, and the number of internally displaced persons (hereinafter, “IDPs”) who have temporarily escaped or been evacuated from their homes exceeds three million. Even with the fighting now deemed over, large numbers of IDPs remain stuck in dire circumstances. Iraq hosts refugees not only from domestic conflicts but from the Syrian civil war as well, making the situation all the more serious.
The IDP camps suffer from shortages of even basic medical equipment and facilities. The Delivery will make it possible to provide basic medical care, including pediatric care and regular pre-natal examinations, at IDP camps. The ability of the mobile medical unit to move inside and outside the camps means that it can meet broader medical care needs.
The Delivery is part of a grassroots human security grant aid scheme offered by the Japanese government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and the mobile medical unit comprises a Hino Motors tractor head and a medical unit trailer outfitted with medical equipment, primarily medical imaging diagnostic devices, ultrasonic diagnostic equipment, and other more general medical diagnostic devices made in Turkey. The Delivery was realized through a public-private partnership, and Sumitomo Corporation will be conducting training on the use of the mobile medical unit and providing two years of maintenance for the mobile medical unit and its diagnostic equipment.
Since 2016, Sumitomo Corporation has been running occupational training programs through its consolidated subsidiary Toyota Iraq to teach young Iraqi IDPs skills that will open the way to steady employment and independent livelihoods, and helping graduates of these programs to find jobs with local companies. In the hope of sustaining the development of Iraqi society, Sumitomo Corporation will continue supporting measures to improve the lives of IDPs in Iraq.
■ Mobile Medical Unit
■ Delivery Ceremony
■ Sumitomo Corporation’s Material Issues
The Sumitomo Corporation Group has positioned “Six Material Issues to Achieve Sustainable Growth with Society” as important factors in developing business strategies and in the decision-making processes for individual businesses. Going forward, we will pursue sustainable growth by resolving these issues through our business activities. This latest project will contribute especially to “Contributing to the Development of Local Communities and Industries” and “Establishing a Foundation for Comfortable and Enriching Lifestyles”.