number 6 Autumn 2000
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
my recent visit to Iraq this September, I witnessed a noticeable
improvement in the general upkeep of the paediatric hospitals
in Baghdad. There also appeared to be a reasonable supply,
although somewhat erratic, of basic medicines made available
through the implementation of the UN 'Oil for Food' programme.
Sadly, these improvements still fall short of the vast needs
of the medical institutions. Aside from the more general immediate
needs such as the complete renovation and re-equipping of
hospitals, there are specific shortages that require urgent
attention. These include a wide spectrum of vital medicines,
medical and surgical equipment, spare parts as well as medical
textbooks and journals.
past year, MAIC has endeavoured to pay special attention to
fulfilling some of those specific needs. The Charity has delivered
medicines and medical equipment to seven paediatric hospitals:
four in Baghdad, one in Basra and one in Al-Nassiriya in the
south as well as one in Mosul in the north of the country.
The consignments included medical and surgical equipment,
cancer drugs, third generation antibiotics, beds and bedlinen
as well as medical textbooks and journals. Our most notable
achievement this year has probably been the delivery and installation
of MAIC's first, fully-equipped, 3-bed paediatric Intensive
Care Unit at the Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital.
The unit has been fully operational since August 2000.
of the Charity's humanitarian aid for this year was over £360,000.
As ever, it is only the continued generosity of our supporters
together with the unflagging efforts of MAIC's members that
has made this possible. I extend my gratitude to all these
OF FUNDRAISING EVENTS
DECEMBER 1999-DECEMBER 2000
o On 1st
April 2000, MAIC's Annual Dinner was held at the Dorchester
London. This year, the dinner commemorated the Charity's 5th
anniversary. The evening was attended by 300 supporters. The
well-known Lebanese singer, Mr.Ghalib Antar, provided the
entertainment. MAIC is extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Abdullah
Ismail for generously sponsoring the cost of the event.
During the evening, the donations of many generous supporters
guaranteed the complete funding of an ICU for the Central
Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Al-Tifl Al-Markazi, Baghdad.
Additional sums were also kindly donated towards the partial
funding of the consignment of medical supplies delivered this
autumn. The auction and raffle both contributed towards raising
the overall sum of £336,685.
o On 6th
May 2000, MAIC took part in the Day for the People of Iraq
held at Kensington Town Hall in London. The event was organised
by the Maryam Appeal, a charity founded by Mr George Galloway
MP, in conjunction with the Emergency Committee on Iraq and
the Great Britain - Iraq Society. The British Fire Brigades
Union and the Transport & General Workers Union sponsored
the event. The aims of the day were to highlight the suffering
of the Iraqi people under sanctions and to raise awareness
of the rich and diverse culture within Iraq. Several distinguished
speakers also gave talks such as Hans von Sponeck and Denis
Halliday, both former UN Humanitarian Coordinators in Iraq.
MAIC had a stall at the event. We distributed leaflets in
order to raise awareness of the Charity's work among the larger
Arab and British community in the UK. The sum of £400
was also raised by MAIC through individual donations.
o On 26th
October 2000, MAIC held a Bazaar/Tea function at the Hyatt
Carlton Tower Hotel in London. The afternoon was attended
by 115 ladies whose generosity ensured that the sum of £15,122
was raised on the day. The various stalls paticipating in
the bazaar very kindly donated part of their sales proceeds
CHAIRMAN'S REPORT ON HER VISIT TO HOSPITALS IN BAGHDAD
13 - 15 September, 2000
During my stay, I visited four major hospitals in Baghdad,
accompanied by Dr Khalid Al-Obaydi, Dr Ihsan Al-Bahrani and
Dr Hussain Malik, all members of MAIC's medical team in Iraq.
Our main objectives were to view firsthand the proper usage
and implementation of MAIC's donations as well as to find
out about the existing problems and needs these hospitals
Paediatric Teaching Hospital
13 September, 2000
hospital, the priority was to view the functioning of the
newly installed 3-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) donated by
MAIC earlier this year. There is currently one team of doctors
and staff trained in its use; two more teams are being trained.
The ICU is already operating: we saw a 3 month-old baby girl
and a 40-day old baby boy using the ventilators during our
visit. However, the ICU still needs air conditioning units;
these may be sourced locally. The hospital is very grateful
to have this ICU: it is a unique paediatric unit in Iraq at
at the Cancer Unit reported the following statistics for this
of Paediatric Cancer Patients 1994-95 at
Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Medical City,
Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Medical
The above figures show a steady increase in the number of
new cancer patients between 1994 and 1999. The number of deaths
has almost doubled for the corresponding period. On the day
of the visit, there were 25 in-patients. The majority were
suffering from malignant diseases ranging from acute lymphoblastic
luekaemia to myloid luekaemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma and Burkitt's
Biochemistry Unit, we were shown the ABL615 Radiometer (a
blood gas analyser) which was donated by MAIC in 1998. Many
patients come from different parts of the country to the hospital
for their tests as the machine is the only one of its kind
operating in Iraq at present. The machine carries out 15 tests/day;
a total of 6000 tests had been carried out in the eighteen
months since delivery.
cited the continuing need for anti-cancer drugs for both treatment
and maintenance, third-generation antibiotics, dietary supplements,
spare parts and reagents for blood tests among a long list
of requirements. The hospital is among the seven recipient
hospitals to benefit from the shipment of medicines sent by
MAIC this November.
Paediatric Teaching Hospital
14 September, 2000
is awaiting delivery of the new MAIC 3-bed ICU which was totally
funded by the generosity of MAIC supporters at this year's
Annual Dinner. The existing ICU lacks most of the necessary
equipment; one of only two functioning incubators had been
previously donated by MAIC.
At the hospital's Cancer Unit (est. in 1979), the majority
of children were suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
We also saw cases of myloid leukaemia and one child was suffering
from rhabdomyo-sarcoma. The resident oncologist provided the
to 1991: 300 children registered at the unit
- 1991 to present: 1119 children registered during
this period. The number of children presenting with cancers
has almost quadrupled since the end of the Gulf War. Leukaemia
accounts for 70% of the cancer cases, followed by non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma, Wilm's tumour (nephroblastoma) and nueroblastoma.
Emergency Unit, refurbished by the Spanish charity ADPL, most
patients were suffering from gastroenteritis, asthma and respiratory
discussions with the Chief Pharmacist, we were informed of
the continual need for anti-cancer drugs and antibiotics.
A chief complaint was that the recent supply of drugs from
the UN 'Oil for Food' programme had very short expiry dates.
In addition, delivery periods were mostly erratic. This last
fact can have a very detrimental effect on the treatment of
cancer patients who must receive regular medication during
both the chemotherapy and maintenance stages. We also visited
the hospital library which is in dire need of up-to-date medical
textbooks and journals. The hospital is one of the recipients
of MAIC's November 2000 shipment of medicines.
15 September, 2000
encouraging to note a significant improvement in the general
upkeep and cleanliness of this hospital since my last visit
in October 1998.
Neonatal Unit, we saw a premature low-birth weight baby (1.7kg)
in an incubator; another neonate was suffering from septicaemia
and respiratory failure. A third neonate at the unit stopped
breathing and needed urgent resuscitation during our visit.
Unfortunately, the unit lacked many essential items such as
hospital's general Paediatric Unit, the children were mainly
suffering from gastroenteritis, asthma and other common childhood
I also viewed the hospital register for charitable donations
with the Chief Pharmacist. Most of MAIC's December 1999 shipment
of medicines had already been used up. The hospital will receive
part of this November's medical donation.
General Hospital, Paediatric Dept.
15 September, 2000
The actual hospital was undergoing re-building works which
are being financed by a donation of $150,000 from the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC is only financing
the building work. The hospital has an obstetric and neonatal
unit as well as a 60-bed paediatric unit.
with the Director of the Hospital and the paediatricians to
discuss the needs of both their Neonatal and Paediatric Units.
We were informed that the hospital is in particular need of
new incubators, there are only 2 functional incubators at
present, as well as neonatal resuscitator kits and surgical
hospital is the second largest centre in Iraq for the treatment
of thalassaemia, after the one at Ibn Baladi Hospital, the
needs of their Thalassaemia Unit were also discussed. They
currently have around 650 registered patients compared with
a figure of 250 patients during my previous visit in October
1998. To date, MAIC has delivered a total of 60 syringe driver
sets for thalassaemia patients. The Charity will continue
to send more sets so that each patient eventually has his/her
Overall, I felt that this visit demonstrated the great effect
that the kind and generous donations by MAIC's supporters
are having in altering the lives and well-being of many Iraqi
children. Yet, despite all this, it is still sad to note that
the needs still outweigh the help being provided. However,
I remain optimistic that the continued efforts of MAIC and
other charities, combined with an early lifting of sanctions,
God willing, will help to alleviate the suffering.
OF MEDICAL DELIVERIES TO PAEDIATRIC HOSPITALS IN IRAQ
December 1999 - December 2000
past year, MAIC has delivered approximately £360,000
worth of medicines and medical equipment to hospitals in Iraq.
1: Consignment of 3-Bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
Delivery Commencing on 31/10/2000
Total Value £115,000 approximately
Receiving Hospital: Central Paediatric Teaching Hospital Baghdad
- 2 x Evita 4 ventilators DRAGER Baghdad
- 1 x Cardiology 2000VI DRAGER
- 2 x Child & infant Resuscitator 2000
- 3 x Paediatric laryngoscopes DRAGER
- 3 x Bed-side monitors SIEMENS
- 1 x Multiview central workstation SIEMENS
- 4 x IVAC volumetric infusion pumps ALARIS
- 1 x Paediatric aerosol tent OHMEDA
- 1 x Reflotron 2000 analyser with printer
and reagents ROCHE
- 3 x Premier suction units LAERDAL
- 4 x MR10S dual-channel infant monitors
- Resuscitation equipment & specialised drugs
- 3 hospital bed
was sponsored by the generosity of the following donors: The
Karim Rida Said Foundation KRSF (£22.045), The Ousseimi
Foundation ($25.000), Mr Ali Jaidah, Mr and Mrs Jassim Jaidah,
Mr and Mrs Abdul Aziz Shakashir, Mr and Mrs Zuhair Achour,
Mrs Mazin Al-Daftari, Mr and Mrs Bishir Azem, Mrs Ahlam Akram,
Mr and Mrs Wadood Gharbawi, Mr and Mrs Imad Haba, Mr Ali Al-Daftari,
Mrs Jihad Tabbara as well as anonymous donors.
2: Consignment of Medical Equipment
Delivered on 31/10/2000
Total Value £14,250
Receiving Hospital: Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital
Neonatal Unit Baghdad
2 x Infant flow TM portable driver discs and accessories EME,
Medical City, Baghad
of this consignment was covered by MAIC from funds received
through general donations and fundraising events.
3: Consignment of Medical Supplies
Delivered on 2/11/2000
Value £231,000 approximately
Receiving Hospital: Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital
- Third generation antibiotics Medical City, Baghdad
- Anti-cancer drugs - Central Paediatric Teaching
- Heart medicines Hospital, Al-Tifl Al-Markazi,
- Antiviral and antifungal medicines Baghdad
- Antihistamine, steroid and - Al-Kadissiya General Hospital,
asthma medicines Paediatric Dept., Baghdad
- Vitamins and minerals - Al-Karamah General Hospital,
- Surgical equipment Paediatric Dept., Baghdad
- Syringe driver sets for thalassaemia patients - Mosul Paediatric
- Infant formula milk Hospital, Mosul
- Hospital supplies (bedlinen, blankets) - Basra Paediatric
- Medical textbooks Hospital, Basra
- Secondhand medical journals - Al-Nassiriya Hospital, South
The cost of this consignment was partially funded by generous
donations at the Annual Dinner from: Master Hamza Tayeb,
Ms. Maria and Ms. Karima Riachy, Mrs K. Van De Wetering, Mr
and Mrs Bishsir Azem, Mrs Rita Palmieri, Mrs Mounir Attala,
Mrs Hassan Smadi and The Egyptian Embassy in London. The balance
was met from funds raised during the evening's auction and
sale of raffle tickets, as well as through general donations
throughout the year. The medical journals were kindly donated
by Dr Heather Heatly and Mr Peter Fisher.
currently working on the next consignment of medicines and
medical equipment. The contents of this consignment will be
based on a list of the particular needs of the hospitals visited
by the Chairman in September 2000.
includes cancer drugs, third-generation antibiotics, surgical
equipment, vitamins, antiviral medicines, syringe driver sets
for thalassaemia patients, an additional supply of reagents
for a Radiometer (a blood gas analyser previously donated
by MAIC to Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital) and medical
textbooks and journals.
will be most welcome in helping the Charity fund future consignments.
Miss May Achour
Mrs Mazin Al-Daftari - Trustee & Chairman
Mrs Najwa Al-Nawab
Mr Hani Dajani - Trustee
Mrs H.R. Farman-Farmaian
Mr Hassan Haddad M.D.
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
Dr Raghdah Shukri M.D.
Mr Bassam Zako
Mrs Wajih Al-Kaylani
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
Professor Edward Said
Mrs Hassan Smadi
Mrs Nezhat Tayeb
Mr Graham Walker M.D.
Team in Iraq
Dr 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.
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 Hassan Shukri
Mrs Raghad Alani
Mrs Yassine Bouhara
Mrs Wadood Gharbawi