Newsletter 2006

Issue number 12 Autumn 2006Download the Adobe PDF version of the newsletter

FOREWORD FROM THE CHAIRMAN
May Al-Daftari

Looking forward to 2007 I hope that it will bring peace and tranquillity to the lives of the Iraqi people, and end the state of violence and lawlessness under which they are living.

655,000 civilians have been killed since the 2003 invasion. The monthly death toll continues to rise and has reached alarming levels. According to the United Nations 3,709 civilians were killed in October alone. The death and exodus of thousands of physicians and teachers has deprived both the health and education sectors of their most competent professionals. Hundreds of doctors and nurses have been either killed or kidnapped and thousands of Iraqi physicians have fled the country to neighbouring states. The same is true of professionals in the education sector.

MAIC is one of the few lifelines still in operation providing humanitarian aid to hospitals in Iraq. In 2006 we provided medical supplies to hospitals in Baghdad and Basrah. Our supplies included medicines, anti-cancer drugs and surgical supplies, IV drips, operating tables, wheelchairs and crutches. The total value of our aid in 2006 was £241,641.00. Airfreight and delivery charges to Iraq have risen significantly due to increases in fuel surcharges and the cost of security personnel because of the risks associated with delivering goods to Iraq.

We also continued with our training programme and offered training to two Iraqi doctors in Haematology and Orthopaedic Surgery; they completed their training in the summer of 2006. We are trying to find placements for three other doctors at present.

Another useful addition is the Resources Link which we have recently added to our website and was generously funded by the Karim Rida Said Foundation. The link offers a medical library and helps Iraqi doctors to communicate with health professionals worldwide.

A six year old boy with Hodgkin’s disease at the Children’s Welfare Hospital Baghdad,May 2006

Fundraising for the year amounted to £344,610.00. Our sincerest thanks go to all our donors and fundraisers who have generously sponsored our shipments. Aspecial thanks to the heirs of Mr Abdul Al-Hamar who have donated a substantial gift which we will be using to fund part of our medical aid shipments for 2007.

On behalf of MAIC’s board members and myself I wish you all a peaceful and healthy year to come.

REVIEW OF FUNDRAISING EVENTS
DECEMBER 2005 - DECEMBER 2006

• On Friday 17th February 2006, Miss Maysa Ibrahim hosted a Valentine’s Party at the Mint in Knightsbridge. Over 150 guests enjoyed an evening of sushi, music and entertainment, raising over £2000.

• On Sunday 1st October 2006, MAIC hosted its annual Iftar at Noura Restaurant, Belgravia. We are grateful to all our supporters and 150 guests who attended in helping us raise £32,265.00 through donations, tickets and raffle sales. Our special thanks
and gratitude go to Mr and Mrs Zouheir Achour for generously sponsoring our Iftar.

• On Sunday 15th October 2006, Miss Maysa Ibrahim organized an Iftar meal at the Mamounia Restaurant in Mayfair, where guests enjoyed live music and poetry recitals. On behalf of MAIC, we would like to thank all those who attended and raised over £2000 through donations, tickets and raffle sales.

• We are also grateful to all our fundraisers for their effort in raising funds for MAIC, totalling £38,374.00.


UPDATE OF MEDICAL DELIVERIES TO PAEDIATRIC HOSPITALS IN IRAQ 2006

Table 1: Medical supplies delivered in April 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospital
£14,373.71

Reagents and electrodes for a radiometer machine previously donated by MAIC

Children’s Welfare Hospital, Baghdad

The above items were sponsored through the generosity of an anonymous corporate donor.

Table 2a: Medical supplies delivered in September 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospitals
£31,264.40 2 Bilirubin analysers, 1 microscope
Olympus BX51, 3 microscope binoculars,
6 infusion pump volumetric
Children’s Welfare Hospital, General Needs
Dept, Baghdad

*Transportation and delivery costs totalled £3,771.00.
The above items were sponsored through the generosity of the Ouesseimi Foundation.
Transportation and delivery costs were sponsored through the generosity of Reverend Stephenson, Just Giving and standing
order donors.

Table 2b: Medical supplies delivered in September 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospitals
£51,830.00 6 Pulse Oximeter machines, 4 operating tables, 6 centrifuge bench
tops, bone marrow needles
Children’s Welfare Teaching Hospital, Baghdad, Oncology Department

*Transportation and delivery costs totalled £3,206.00.
The above items were sponsored through the generosity of an anonymous corporate donor. Transportation and delivery costs were sponsored through the generosity of Suisse Multi SCF employees, Bloggerheads.com, Mr and Mrs C Campbell, Ms Constance Burrough and SS Daniel.

Table 3a: Medical supplies delivered in October 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospitals
£30,945.50

Anti-cancer drugs and antibiotics

Basrah Teaching Hospital, Oncology Department

*Transportation and delivery costs totalled £8,931.00.
The above items were sponsored through the generosity of an anonymous corporate donor. Transportation and delivery costs were sponsored through the generosity of Mr M F Affara and Mr Lee Mulvihill in memory of his late wife, Flight Lieutenant Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill.

Table 3b: Medical supplies delivered in October 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospitals
£7,968.75

Anti-cancer drugs

Basrah Teaching Hospital, Maternity and Oncology Department

*Transportation and delivery costs totalled £2,233.00.
The above items and transportation were sponsored through the generosity of The Anglican Diocese in Europe.

Table 3c: Medical supplies delivered in October 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospitals
£18,628.90

Antibiotics, hydrocortisone, infant formula, 6,000 IV sets and surgical supplies

Basrah Women & Children’s Hospital

*Transportation and delivery costs totalled £5,657.00.
The above items were sponsored through the generosity of the Karim Rida Said Foundation (KRSF). Transportation and delivery costs were sponsored through the generosity of Mr Adrian Leonard.

Table 3d: One year supplements for one patient delivered in October 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospitals
£5,250.00

Maxamum XP Powder

Marwan Bashir

*Transportation and delivery costs totalled £1,469.92.
The above items, transportation and delivery costs were sponsored through the kind generosity of Mr Al-Daraiefard, The Links Assets Security Company, Mrs Khetam Al-Obeidi, Totley Athletics Club, Mrs Anne Dismoor, Dr Mercy Heatley, Reverend Stephenson, The Abingdon Peace Group, Mrs Emma Shackle, Reverend and Mrs Jeremy Chad and Just Giving donators.

Table 3e: Mobility equipment delivered in October 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospitals
£24,570.00

100 Wheelchairs
100 Crutches

Nasseria Hospital, Children’s Welfare Hospital, Basrah Oncology, Basrah Woman & Children Hospital

*Transportation and delivery costs totalled £5,291.14.
The above items were sponsored through the generosity of an anonymous corporate donor. Transportation and delivery costs were sponsored through the generosity of the Reuben Brothers Foundation.

Table 3f: Medical supplies delivered in November 2006

Total Value

Contents
Receiving Hospitals
£14,557.40

Antibiotics, vitamins & minerals,
lactose free infant formula

Nasseria Hospital for Woman and Children

*Transportation and delivery costs totalled £4,078.00.
The above items, transportation and delivery costs were sponsored through the generosity of, Mrs Fawzia Juffali and PYX Co. Ltd.

THE PLIGHT OF ACADEMICS IN IRAQ

The plight of Academics in Iraq is an extract from a talk given by Dr. Abdul Karim Alobedy MD at University College London. Dr. Alobedy is the Chairman of the Iraqi Association for Child Mental Health (IACMH) and is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Al-Yarmouk Teaching Hospital.

The health care system in Iraq continues to encounter a shortage of staff, equipment and medicines as well as sporadic electricity and water supplies. All hospital buildings and almost 90% of health centers require repair or total reconstruction (Dahr Jamail, June 2005 & UNHCR COI report, Oct. 2005). Between April 2003 and May 2006 more than 106 doctors were killed, 164 nurses were killed and 77 wounded, 142 non-medical staff were killed and 117 wounded. In the past two years 250-300 Iraqi doctors have been kidnapped. In May 2006 eight doctors were killed and 42 wounded, 8 nurses were killed and 7 wounded, and of non-medical staff 6 were killed and 4 wounded. (The wounded individuals have high mortality due to lack of life-saving measures.) (UNAMI report June 2006 & HRW Oct.2005).

With escalating violence in Iraq since 2003, doctors are increasingly the victims of attacks and kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs or by insurgents. As a result, doctors are fleeing Iraq. Roughly half of 34,000 Iraqi physicians registered with the Iraqi Medical Association have fled the country. More than 10% of Baghdad’s total force of registered doctors left or were driven from work during the last year, a number
which has risen sharply since early 2005. (Iraqi Medical Association (which licenses practitioners) 2006 & IRIN 18 Nov. 2006). An average of thirty doctors has fled the country each month since Oct. 2005 (HRW report Oct 2005). Furthermore, because of the proliferation of weapons, doctors and nurses face insecurity inside hospitals, kidnapping of their patients, pressure by militias and other armed forces and groups in order to sign certificates or to prioritize treatment. The threats are mainly addressed against senior doctors such as directors and head of departments, resulting in complex surgeries being handled by inexperienced staff or not performed at all (UNAMI report June 2006). Hundred of private clinics have been closed in the capital Baghdad, after
gangs started to kill doctors while they were attending to patients (IRIN 18 Nov.2006).

The mental health services are the worst part of the health care system in Iraq. (Medact July 2005). The number of people suffering with mental illness in Baghdad has risen since the 2003 war. Moreover the absence of acute psychiatric services, and consulting
services, and a general lack of knowledge of psychiatric aspects of medical illness is a serious problem in a society that has endured years of political oppression, and suffers from a high level of poverty and violence (The MFP, 7 Feb.2005 & Daily Telegraph, 24 Jan, 2005). The brain drain in this field reached 73% of the most best qualified
and experienced experts in Psychiatry, and it is 100% in Baghdad Medical College (Table 1).

Medical
College
No. of Psychiatric Academics in 2003 No. of Psychiatric Academics in 2006 % of Brain Drain
Baghdad 6 0 100
Almustansyria 3 1 66.6
Al-Nahreen 2 1 50
Mosul 2 1 50
Basrah 2 1 50
Total 15 4 73

Over the past three years thousands of Iraq’s finest minds have had to flee the flames engulfing Iraq. The tragedy engulfing Iraq is the systematic liquidation of the country’s academics and professionals, which means the destruction of Iraq’s cultural identity. Targeting professors and doctors and depriving the country of its sharpest thinkers will
destroy the higher education system in Iraq, which, in turn, will destroy other sectors of society by deterioration in the level of teaching and the provision of health services.

While 90% of Iraqi’s are suffering from mental distress (study by one expert - Daily Telegraph 24 Jan. 2006), of the 100 Psychiatrists in Iraqi up to 2003, 50% of them now out of the country. The number of reconstructive surgeons in Iraq before the 2003 was 34, twenty of them have either been murdered or fled; 72% of Iraqis needing reconstructive surgery are suffering from gunshot or blast wounds. Easily treatable conditions such as diarrhoea and respiratory respiratory illness caused 70% of all child deaths. 47 % children and adolescents in Baghdad report exposure to major traumatic events during the past 2 years. And 30% of the children and adolescents in Mosul had symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder - PTSD. (Razokhi, Lancet Sept. 2006). While, 50 % of children in Baghdad have conduct problems (Alobedy 2006); This in spite of the fact that there are no child psychiatric services in the country.


A four year old girl with Rhabdomyosarcoma at the Children’s Welfare
Hospital Baghdad, May 2006


A nine year old boy with Hodgkin's disease at the Children's Welfare
Hospital Baghdad, May 2006

More than 90% of Iraqi University Academics have Death Anxieties of various kinds. (The essential task of the academic is to create life in its highest aims, beginning with lectures, scientific research, whether theoretical, or inside laboratories or in the field, and to accumulate eternal truths in enriching “the human mind library”. Is it possible for such a creator of life to coexist with deep and objective anxiety of assassination and the fear of death?) (Professor of Psychology - Baghdad Oct. 2006).

Many wives and children of academics and professionals were murdered, and hundreds of their children were kidnapped . By targeting those who hold the keys to Iraq’s reconstruction and development, the perpetrators of this violence are jeopardising the
future of Iraq and democracy (UNESCO’s director general 2006).

GROWING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR MAIC

MAIC wishes to thank all the foundations, organisations, companies, fundraisers and individuals, who have generously supported MAIC. The following is a list of organisers who have held fundraising events since January 2006.

Reverend John Stephenson for his valued dedication in raising funds for MAIC’s humanitarian work through writing and selling his books.

Bloggerheads.com for raising generous funds at a carol service.

Mr& Mrs C Campbell & Friends for generous funds raised from a Middle Eastern Meal held in London.

The Anglican Diocese in Europe for the much appreciated funds raised through their Advent 2004 & Lent Appeals.

The Bronx Coalition Against Depleted Uranium for their generous collection of funds.

Miss Maysa Ibrahim for her valued effort in raising substantial funds through rganising a Valentine’s Day Dinner.

Miss K Mohri for her appreciated effort in organising a fundraising dinner held at the
Imperial College Arabic Society.

Employees from Suisse Multi SCF for their kind donations.

Dajani Pharmacy for their support in collecting generous donations for MAIC.

Adrian Leonard for his appreciated effort in Trekking for Iraq and raising substantial funds for MAIC.

Mr Mousa Baraka, Miss Melanie Dani, Mr Zacharia Silk and Miss Layla Bunni, for their valued participation at the Bupa Great North Run in raising funds for MAIC.

Mr Mohammed Aldiwani for his valued efforts in raising funds, at the BUPA Great Manchester Run.

Farringdon Quakers for raising generous funds through collections at their meetings.

Mr Lee Mulvihill for kindly forgoing his fees from an interview in the Daily Mirror and generously donating it instead to MAIC in memory of his late wife, Flight Lieutenant Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill who lost her life in a helicopter crash in Iraq.

The heirs of Mr Abdul Al-Hamar who generously donated funds in Mr Al-Hamar’s memory.

Virgin Mobile for their thoughtful donation.

Lucent Technologies for their generous donation following the valued recommendation of their Iraqi Reconstruction Team.

Parish of St. Chad, Sunderland for their yearly generous donation.

City of London School for Girls for adopting MAIC as their charity for this year and raising generous funds.

Ms Targett and Ms Wilsker for generously raising funds through the sale of ‘P-Shirts’(peace shirts).

Parochial Church Council of Ashington for raising generous funds for MAIC at the wedding of Mr & Mrs Colin Parker to whom we are most grateful.

Global Responsibility Organisation for raising generous funds.

Mr & Mrs Alexandra for selflessly forgoing wedding gifts and advising Mr & Mrs Hack to donate to MAIC instead.

Exotix/ICAP for choosing MAIC as a beneficiary of this years charity day and raising substantial funds for our charity.

The Parish of St Peter and St Paul, Charltonin-Dover for choosing MAIC as one of their charity missions for 2006.

TAX RELIEF

Giving through the Self-Assessment Returns
Medical Aid for Iraqi Children (MAIC) is listed on the Inland Revenue website for donations. If you use the Self-Assessment returns system and wish to donate to MAIC, please use MAIC's following code number EAR14QG.


GIFT AID

 

ANNUAL BUPA GREAT NORTH RUN

After successful fundraising by our runners last year, MAIC entered five runners to participate in the BUPA Great North Run 2006, to whom we are most grateful.
MAIC is proud to announce that the runners, Mr Mousa Baraka, Miss Melanie Dani, Mr Zacharia Silk and Miss Layla Bunni, completed the run, which was held on Sunday 1st October 2006. As always, the grueling 13.1 mile course, which begins in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and ends at South Shields on the coast, proved to be a great challenge for our runners. Miss Layla Bunni describes the experience as ‘a hard slog on the day (those hills are a killer), but the sense of achievement and the knowledge that I have raised money for a good cause makes it all worthwhile. I am looking forward to doing it next year and hopefully for MAIC! All I need to do now is make sure that I train hard enough to do it in under two hours next time!’ MAIC is extremely grateful to our runners, who in total raised over £4,000. If you are interested in running the BUPA Great North Run in September 2007, please contact Maya Al-Memar at: info@maic.org.uk.


IN THE PIPELINE

MAIC is in the process of compiling its next shipment of medical supplies for paediatric hospitals in Iraq. We have received several requests for urgently needed items which will make a considerable improvement to the performance of hospitals in the treatment of many sick and injured children in Iraq.

Forthcoming consignments for 2007 will include and are not limited to the following:


• Blood Bags and a Centrifuge Machine for Mosul Blood Bank, Mosul
The Mosul blood bank is in short supply of empty blood bags and requires a new centrifuge machine. Almost half the supply of blood in Mosul is used to treat children with Thalassaemia. The total value for this shipment excluding delivery is £26,302.00, which has been sponsored through the generosity of the heirs of Mr Abdul Al-Hamar who have kindly donated funds in Mr Al-Hamar’s memory.

• CT Scanner & Fluoroscopy Equipment for The Central Paediatric Hospital, Baghdad
The Radiology department of this Baghdad hospital has only the most basic diagnostic equipment. The hospital is complaining of its limitation in diagnosis, especially in detecting abdominal and brain lesions in children. The hospital is in desperate need of Fluoroscopy equipment valued at £64.000.00 and a CT scanner.

• A Spare part for a Lithotripsy Machine for The Al-Jumhoori Teaching Hospital, Mosul
The Genito-Urinary department at Mosul hospital is forced to turn kidney stones patients away, as they are unable to treat them due to an essential missing spare part for their Lithotripsy machine. Unfortunately, MAIC has been delayed in supplying the missing part, due to the bureaucratic processes facing aid charities in Iraq. MAIC is currently liaising with several parties to help this hospital.

• Other medical requests are under consideration.
In addition to providing humanitarian supplies, MAIC is continuing with its training programme for Iraqi doctors, which was initiated in 2005. We have contacted several UK hospitals to find out if they can offer a one month placement for each of the three Iraqi doctors. Two from the Children’s Welfare Hospital, Baghdad wish to train in the field of Paediatric Hemato-Onocology, and a third doctor from the Central Paediatric Hospital in
Baghdad, who wishes to train in the field of Paediatric Radiology.

If you wish to sponsor any of our medical projects for 2007 or make an individual donation towards sponsorship, we would be most grateful.


HOW TO HELP


MAIC MEMBERS

Board of Governors
Mrs Rula Al-Chorbachi
Mrs Mazin Al-Daftari - Trustee & Chairman
Ms Maya Al-Memar
Mr Hani Dajani - Trustee
Mr Hassan Haddad M.D.
Ms Maysa Ibrahim
Mrs Aboudi Kosta
Mrs Ali Khan
Mr Robert Mabro CBE - Trustee
Mr Sabah Mahmoud - Trustee & Treasurer
Mrs Charles Riachy - Trustee
Ms Danah Saadawi
Mrs David Sambar
Mrs Fatima Sheikh Khazaal - Trustee
Mr Bassam Zako
Mrs May Zako

Honorary Members
Mrs Wajih Al-Kaylani
Mrs Mashal Al-Nawab
Lady Beaumont
Prince Sixte de Bourbon-Parme
Mrs H.R. Farman-Farmaian
Mrs Imad Habba
Mrs Abdullah Isamil
Mr Bruce Mathalone M.D.
Mr Abdul Karim Moudaris
Dr Raghdah Shukri M.D.
Mrs Hassan Smadi
Reverend John Stephenson
Mrs Nezhat Tayeb
Mr Graham Walker M.D.

Medical Team in Iraq
Mr Jawad Khadem Al-Ali M.D.
Dr Ihsan 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 Junaid Mahmoud M.D.
Dr Layla Sharaf
Mrs Hasan Shukri

Support Committee
Ms Maya Askari
Ms Sabia Mayassi
Ms Suha Najjar
Mrs Sara Tayeb Khalifa

 
 


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