number 8 Autumn 2002
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
have always hoped for the easing of UN sanctions which
were imposed on Iraq since 1990, to allow Iraqis to
resume a normal life. Instead, we are presently facing
the possibility of a disastrous war on Iraq which will
undoubtedly entail the loss of innocent civilian lives
light of these circumstances, we are most anxious about
the health of millions of vulnerable children and the
need to provide the sick with medical care. MAIC, with
the support of its generous donors, will maintain humanitarian
aid to paediatric hospitals and hopes to increase consignments
of antibiotics and cancer drugs.
2002, MAIC succeeded in raising limited funds of £148,000
in spite of its decision to cancel last years
annual fund-raising dinner, in a gesture of solidarity
with other charities called upon to meet the pressing
needs of the people of Palestine and Afghanistan.
the past few months, our endeavours were met by increasing
support from the British community at large. Donations
received were significant and helped us maintain the
Charitys humanitarian aid. MAIC was thus able
to send £203,568 worth of medical supplies during
the threshold of a new year, I would like to wish you
all peace and prosperity. My sincere thanks and gratitude
go to all our generous donors, supporters and dedicated
colleagues at MAIC, whose efforts have enabled the Charity
to attain its objectives.
REVIEW OF FUNDRAISING EVENTS
DECEMBER 2001-DECEMBER 2002
On 27th January 2002, a luncheon was held at
Smollenskys On The Strand for children aged 5-7.
On 17th March a bowling afternoon was organised at Megabowl
in Acton for children aged 13-17. MAICs Events
Committee, at the initiative of Mr. Taymoor Marmarchi,
organised these two childrens events aimed at
raising the Charitys profile and at highlighting
the needs of sick Iraqi children. A total of £2,425
was raised from both events.
On 14th February 2002, Mrs Tamima Ismail kindly
hosted a ladies luncheon at her country residence
in Surrey. This event was attended by 75 generous supporters
and raised a total of £7,060.
On 16th November 2002, MAIC held an Iftar meal
at Noura Restaurant in London, sponsored by Mr &
Mrs Ahmad Asseh. This event was attended by 130 generous
supporters and raised a total of £28,600.
UPDATE OF MEDICAL DELIVERIES TO PAEDIATRIC HOSPITALS
December 2001 - December 2002
Consignment for a 3-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU),
Delivered on 3/4/2002
Hospitals in Iraq
sirecust portable heart monitors plus 1
multiview workstation to complete the 3-bed
Paeditric Teaching Hospital, Al-Tifl Al-Markazi,
delivery of a 3-bed ICU to the hospital
commenced on 31st October 2000; However,
the above equipment was late due to bureaucratic
delays at the UN Sanctions Committee and
the Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
in charge of US Export Licences. Since its
delivery the ICU is now complete.
above items were sponsored in the year 2000 through
the generosity of the following donors; The Ousseimi
Foundation, Mr & Mrs Jassim Jaidah, Mr. Ali Jaidah
and Mr &Mrs Zouheir Achour.
Consignment of medical supplies, Delivered on
10th August 2002
Hospitals in Iraq
drugs, anti-sickness drugs, anti-infective
drugs including antibiotics, anti-viral &
anti-fungal drugs, vitamins, minerals &
steroids, anticonvulsants, cardiac drugs &
Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Baghdad
- Central Paediatric Teaching
- Mosul Paediatric Teaching
- Al-Khadmiah Hospital, Baghdad
- Basra Paediatric Teaching
- Al-Furat Al-Awsat Hospital,
for Radiometer ABL625 Second hand British
Medical Journals (BMJs)**
Teaching Hospital, Baghdad
second hand BMJs were generously donated
by Dr. Amna S. Murad, Dr. Mercy Heatley and
Dr. Peter Fisher.
consignment was funded by the generosity of the following
donors; Mr & Mrs A. Ismail, The Ousseimi Foundation,
Shell International, ECHO International Health Services,
Mr. B. Faidhi, Mr M Al-Daftari, Mr M.Sinjaklis
sponsored run, Revd J.J Stephenson and congregation,
Mr & Mrs H.R. Farman-Farmaian, Mr & Mrs W.Haroun,
Mr & Mrs H.Charchfachi, Rawtenstall Pakistan Islamic
Centre, St. Andrews Church Council,
Hertford Quakers & Muslims, Mr & Mrs Y. Mirjan,
Prof. S. Tabaqchali, Mr & Mrs B. Abou, Mr. S. Young,
KRSF photograph competition prize to MAIC, Mr D. Salman,
Dr. H. Haddad, Mrs H. Mathews, Mr & Mrs R. Rawi,
M. Heatley, Mrs V. Bazley, Mrs D. Nassar, Mr D. Mason,
Mr & Mrs G. Muttwali, Mrs N. Jafar, Mr L. Swaidi,
Dr A. Al-Sabti, Mr. G. Masters, Ms M. Rassam, Ms L.
Fensterheim, Ms E. Shackle, Mr G. Drewett, Mr V. Dansie,
Welwyn Garden City Quakers, Revd A. Race, Mr G. Winter,
Mrs M. DSouza, Mrs M. Boughton, Mr & Mrs A.Khayatt,
Mr & Mrs D. Fraser, Miss L. Attieh, MAICs
events; Ladies luncheon hosted by Mrs A. Ismail, two
childrens events as well as various anonymous
IN THE PIPELINE
Medical Shipment MAIC is also presently compiling the
next list of medicines and medical equipment that are
urgently needed by paediatric hospitals in Iraq. The
estimated cost of the list is approximately £140,000.
All donations will be most appreciated.
PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR MAIC
wishes to thank and extend its gratitude to:
Revd John Stephenson of St. Chads
church in East Herrington and his congregation for
their support of the children in Iraq and their continuous
generous donations to MAIC, which have totalled over
£1,913 from August 2001 to date.
Dr. Norman and Dr. Mercy Heatley for showing
deep concern for the children in Iraq. Dr. Mercy Heatley
has withheld 7% of her personal income tax and donated
it to MAIC in February 2002, to buy penicillin for paediatric
hospitals in Iraq. Dr. Norman Heatley is the last survivor
of the Oxford team who developed the antibiotic penicillin.
The team worked hard to use penicillin to treat soldiers
with infected wounds during the second world war. Once
again, Mercy and Norman Heatley are trying to help treat
infections by sending penicillin to sick Iraqi children.
Dr. Peter Fisher, Dr. Mercy Heatley and Dr.
Amma S. Murad for being most instrumental in supplying
us with the British Medical Journals (BMJ)s to
help their fellow medical colleagues in Iraq. They have
been regularly sending the BMJs since 1999 and
MAIC has been transporting and delivering the journals
to the Medical Teaching Hospital at the Medical City
and the Central Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Al-Tifl
The British Medical Association (BMA)
for donating 1200 medical books to hospital libraries
in Iraq. MAIC received and delivered the books in 2001.
Mr. Mark Sinjakli for running the Croxteth
Park fun-run on Sunday 28th April 2002 in support of
MAIC. MAIC is very appreciative of all the sponsors
who have so generously supported the event, raising
a total of £1,100.
Mr. & Mrs Ahmed Tayeb for advising
their friends to send donations to MAIC at the occasion
of the birth of their son Seif on 25th August 2002.
The donations totalled £2,700. MAIC wishes baby
Seif good health and happiness.
St. Andrews Rectory in Leicester, the Rawtenstall
Pakistan Islamic Centre, the Hertford Quakers &
Muslims, Welwyn Garden City Quakers, Malmsbury Justice
and Peace Group and their congregations for periodically
raising generous donations for our charity, totalling
£1,181 in 2002.
Week of Prayer for World Peace Organisation
for awarding MAIC their Peace Award and for generously
raising funds for MAIC totalling £505 in October
IMPACT OF SANCTIONS ON IRAQI CHILDREN
new report, issued on 12 November 2002 by Medact, a
UK organisation of health professionals, compiles the
result on numerous studies, particularly the impact
of sanctions on the health and environment in Iraq.
can be viewed on line at: www.medact.org.
As announced in MAICs last newsletter of Autumn
2001, Mr Nadhmi Auchi had kindly donated a van ambulance
to MAIC, to be delivered to Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching
Hospital in Baghdad. However, the Office of Foreign
Assets Control (OFAC) withheld issuing the Export Licence,
the UN Sanctions Committee approved, on 28th November
2001, the export of the ambulance to Iraq. As the UN
Licence has an approaching expiry date, Mr Auchi decided
instead to donate $50,000 towards MAICs last medical
shipment. MAIC is most grateful for Mr Auchis
The Al-Mansour Bone Marrow Transplantation
Programme for Iraqi children
On 20th September 2002, MAIC donated £6,000 towards
a programme carried out by the Centre for Reconciliation
at Coventry Cathedral to train doctors and medical technicians
from Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital in bone
marrow transplant. A team of five medics arrived in
the UK on 5th September 2002 and underwent one months
training at the Birmingham Childrens Hospital.
The team included the Head of Al-Mansour Childrens
Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, two haematologists, one
oncologist and one female nurse.
RECEIVED BY MAIC IN 2002
MAIC won first prize in the Karim Rida Said Foundations
(KRSF) Annual Photography Competition, which was held
among its project partners. MAIC received the prize
of £350 on 22nd January 2002.
The Gordon Wilson Peace Award of £250 was
presented on 20 October 2002 by the Week of Prayer
for World Peace to MAIC for its humanitarian work
Mrs Mazin Al-Daftari- Trustee & Chairman
Mrs Yassine Bouhara
Mr Hani Dajani - Trustee
Mrs H.R. Farman-Farmaian
Mr Hassan Hadad M.D.
Mrs Aboudi Kosta
Mrs Ali Khan
Mr Robert Mabro CBE - Trustee
Mr Sabah Mahmoud - Trustee & Treasurer
Mrs Charles Riachy - Trustee
Mrs David Sambar
Mrs Fatima Sheikh Khazaal - Trustee
Mr Bassam Zako
Mrs May Zako
Mrs Wajih Al-Kaylani
Mrs Mashal Al-Nawab
Prince Sixte de Bourbon-Parme
Prince de Chimay
Mr Nezar Haba M.D.
Mrs Abdullah Ismail
Mr Bruce Mathalone M.D.
Mr Abdul Karim Moudaris
Prof. Edward Said
Dr Raghdah Shukri M.D.
Mrs Hassan Smadi
Mrs Nezhat Tayeb
Mr Graham Walker M.D.
Medical Team in Iraq
Mr Jawad Khadem Al-Ali M.D.
Dr Ihasan Al-Bahrani M.D.
Mr Khalid Al-Obaydi M.D.
Dr Adel Al-Rawi M.D.
Dr Omar Al-Yaqubi M.D.
Dr Hussam Charmougli M.D.
Dr Hussain Malik M.D.
Jordanian Liaison Committee
Dr Zafer Al-Kayyali M.D.
Mrs Mounir Attalah
Dr Salwan Baban M.D.
Dr Hala Fattah
Dr Junaid Mahmoud M.D.
Dr Layla Sharaf
Mrs Hasan Shukri
Mrs Hashim Alani
Mr Taymoor Marmarchi
Mrs Rula Al-Chorbachi
Mrs Sara Tayeb Khalifa