number 9 Autumn 2003
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
2003, Iraq witnessed a devastating war, change of regime
and occupation by coalition forces. The health care
system has been one of the worst affected sectors. The
war, and the escalation of violence that followed, led
to unprecedented looting and deprived hospitals of their
most basic equipment. To this day, many hospitals do
not function properly. Medical supplies, already scarce
before the war, have been depleted. The inflow of new
supplies remains sporadic. Moreover, many humanitarian
agencies have had to leave or reduce their staff.
of people have died, been injured or maimed as a result
of the war and the continuing violence. Outbreaks of
disease, declining health standards and the pollution
of the environment, have aggravated health problems
and heightened the Iraqi people's need for urgent treatment.
Children and women are the most affected. Mortality
rates amongst pregnant women and those in labour are
three times higher than the pre-war period.
to radioactive material used in the war has led to unusually
high numbers of birth defects. Unattended weapons and
scattered bomblets have injured many children. An estimated
1000 children have been injured or have died as a result
of accidents involving unexploded ordinances. The trauma
of war and violence has greatly affected children.
estimates 500,000 children are in need of psychological
treatment. Moreover, acute malnutrition and the spread
of contagious diseases pose significant health problems
for the under fives. Unfortunately, as a result of dire
hospital conditions and a shattered health system, many
sick and injured cannot get basic treatment. Complicated
surgeries and psychological help are very scarce.
has been overwhelmed by the colossal needs of hospitals
during those critical times. We did our utmost to provide
them with their most urgent medical supplies. The total
value of our medical aid in 2003 stands at £329,931.
Further medical aid, valued at £150,000, is earmarked
to purchase supplies for delivery at the beginning of
am most grateful to all MAIC supporters who have made
our aid possible. It is indeed gratifying to know that
53 fundraising activities benefiting MAIC were organised
by different groups and individuals nationwide. I would
like to express my sincerest thanks and appreciation
to all of them.
but not least, my warmest thanks go to MAIC members
in London, Baghdad and Jordan for their passion and
commitment in helping Iraqi children.
you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
REVIEW OF FUNDRAISING EVENTS
DECEMBER 2002-DECEMBER 2003
On 11 June 2003, MAIC launched the Emergency
War Relief Fund 'EWRF' at the Royal College of Physicians
in London. Speakers included Dr. Karol Sikora, professor
of Cancer Medicine at the Imperial College, Mr. Peter
Troy, the Humanitarian Programme Manager at the UK Department
for International Development, and Ms. Rym Brahimi,
Middle East Correspondent at CNN. Funds collected totalled
£51,000. The event allowed MAIC to raise its media
profile. Several Board and Events Committee members
had interviews with the press in which they discussed
the situation and the needs of hospitals in Iraq.
On 7 November 2003, MAIC held an Iftar
at Noura restaurant. The event included a raffle and
bazaar and generated £23,000.
Due to the onset of the war, MAIC's annual fundraising
dinner was postponed. However, fundraising events nationwide
have helped compensate.
UPDATE OF MEDICAL DELIVERIES TO PAEDIATRIC HOSPITALS
December 2002 - December 2003
Consignment delivered to Basra airport on 2 May
Hospitals in Iraq
Glucose Infusion, Protien Powder, Baby &
Soya Milk, SMA High Energy Drink, Wheelchairs
Paediatric Hospital, Basra
Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital,
Kadisiya General Hospital, Paediatric Section,
Kerbala Children's Hospital, Kerbala
Central Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Baghdad
please refer to "UPDATE ON SHIPMENT
SENT WITH VIRGIN ATLANTIC"
above items were sponsored through the generosity of
the following donors: Dr. Maghrabi, Latifa Kosta, Mr
& Mrs Ahmed Asseh, May Al-Daftari, Mustafa Al-Rawi,
Rev'd Stephenson, Rabab Sammekieh, Dina Nassar, Khetam
Al-Obaeidi, Constance Burrough, R. Begum, Merle D'Souza,
Gordon Winter, Welwyn Garden City Quakers, Farah Alaghband,
John Dansie, Portsmouth Cathedral, Mr. Wright, Najah
Tahir, Zinat Al-Asaad, Lord Gilmour, Najla Hamadeh,
Emma Shakle, Martin Wyatt, St.Gregory's 'A Desire for
Peace', Oxford University Islamic Society, Jake Voelcker,
Sundays event, Axminster United Reformed Church, Layla
Hoffman, Dr. & Mrs M Farrow, Mr. & Mrs M Kalo,
Dr. Victor Chua, Omaya Lozi, Lody Moukarzel, Mr &
Mrs Azmudeh, Youmna Achour, Dania Sakka, Professor Soad
Tabaqchali, Raya Jallad, Fatima Maleki, David Sambar,
Hayatt Sanbar, Amel Hallak, Mona Takla, Mrs Chamsi Pasha,
Reem Jallad, Nejat Anabtawi, Susan Hamza, Mr & Mrs
A Khan, Haissam El-Rifai, Rima Shour, CAF donors, standing
order donors as well as various generous donors during
Consignment of medical supplies, delivered on
19th August 2003
Hospitals in Iraq
Baby & Soya Milk,
WHO Medical Kits
Basra Paediatric Hospital, Basra
Hilla Hospital, Hilla
Al-Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Baghdad
Ibn Baladi Hospital, Baghdad
Kerbala Children's Hospital, Kerbala
Central Paediatric Teaching
Mosul Paediatric Teaching
hand British Medical Journals (BMJ)*
Teaching Hospital, Baghdad
The BMJ were generously donated by Dr. Mercy
Heatley, Dr. Peter Fisher and Dr. Amna S.Murad.
above items were sponsored through the generosity of
the following donors: Karim Rida Said Foundation, The
Tides Foundation, The Ousseimi Foundation, Suzanne Booth,
Maryam Eisler, Ali Jaidah, Latifa Kosta, Arab Women's
Association, Maysa Ibrahim, Doha Sakka, Maha Kaddouri,
May Al-Daftari, Ali Al-Daftari, Ramzi Dalloul, Jan Burgess,
Sabah Ayoub, Leila Al-Qattan, Royal Embassy of Saudi
Arabia, Qatar Embassy, H.E Nasser Khalifa, Ahmed Tayeb,
Mr & Mrs H.R. Farman-Farmaian, Affat Zalt, Janet
Cross, Aspect Capital Ltd, Mr & Mrs Jihad Tabbara,
Vicky LeConte, Mr & Mrs Munir Atalla, Mr & Mrs
Hanna, Omaya Lozi, Basil Abbou, Imad Habba, Sirine Idilby,
Rema Azem, V Omari, Mr & Mrs Y Bouhara, Mr &
Mrs H. Khalifa, St. Gregory's Choral Orchestra, Chipping
Campden School, Young Enterprise Scotland, William Sennoke
Lodge, Somer Salty, Walid Azram, Khetam Al-Obeidi, Ensemble
Music Productions, Better Living Property, Roehampton
University of Surrey, A Khokhar, The Bem Family, Layla
Hoffman, M Tabbara, Mr & Mrs J Masera, Mr. J Maynard,
Martin Wyatt, Dr. H Abul-Eis, F Hayes, St. Chad's Church,
Julian Gallant, C Henry, E Dickenson, I Morillo, Sylvia
Edwards, Jane Stafford, Professor Roy Moffett, Mr. Zaccariah,
P Dean, Mrs Maidment, Ian Milton, Kate Target, Professor
Robert Mabro, Mona Takla, Meline Marmarchi, The Royal
College of Paediatrics, Sir Alan Urwick, George Asseily,
Sir Terence Clark, CAF donors, standing order donors
as well as various generous donors during fundraising
ON SHIPMENT SENT ON VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS HUMANITARIAN
FLIGHT ON 1 MAY, 2003.
shipment was funded through the MAIC mainstream account
and sent to Iraq courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways.
tried to send the shipment to Iraq prior to the war.
However, because of a three and a half month delay in
receiving UN approvals, the shipment was not sent.
the end of April 2003, MAIC was contacted by Durbin
Plc, a medical distribution company which provides us
with most of our medical supplies. Durbin informed us
that Virgin was preparing an emergency humanitarian
flight to Iraq and would be prepared to take the MAIC
shipment, which was stored at the Durbin warehouse.
The shipment, valued at £201,140.98 was pre-assigned
to five paediatric hospitals. The consignment included
medicines such as antibiotics and cancer drugs, surgical
equipment, wheelchairs, soya and baby milk.
the company involved in coordinating humanitarian supplies
for the Virgin flight, wrote to MAIC confirming that
coalition forces would deliver the shipment to the nominated
hospitals. After receiving Watermark's assurances, MAIC
agreed to send its supplies with the Virgin flight,
which landed in Basra on 2 May 2003.
received written confirmation from Colonel John Graham,
the Chief Medical Officer for the British Army, of the
receipt of MAIC's supplies and promised their safe and
rapid distribution to the assigned hospitals. However,
several weeks passed with no further news on the delivery
of our shipment. MAIC repeatedly wrote to Colonel Graham
enquiring about the distribution of the medicines which
are heat sensitive and would be destroyed if incorrectly
medical supplies were destined to go to five hospitals
in Iraq, one in Basra and four in Baghdad. Basra hospital
received less than half its supplies on 2 May 2003.
The other hospitals did not receive supplies until 26
June, 2003 with significant quantities missing.
MAIC has written correspondences from hospitals in Iraq
detailing the missing items, totalling in value £98,784.49.
has recently written to high-ranking British officials
in London in this regard, and is seeking compensation
from the British Government for the loss of its medicines
and equipment. The Charity will continue to press the
matter with the relevant authorities.
IN THE PIPELINE
Forthcoming Shipment: This shipment will consist of
four Drager incubators and four resuscitators. The total
value of the shipment, including transport, is 75,167.35
Euros. MAIC would like to thank Vitol Services Limited
for sponsoring three incubators and three resuscitators
and the Ousseimi Foundation for sponsoring one incubator
and one resuscitator. The equipment will be equally
divided between the Al Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital,
Medical City, Baghdad and the Central Paediatric Teaching
MAIC was contacted by the Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health with an offer to train 10 doctors from
Iraq starting in April 2004. The College would pay for
the one-month fellowship, including flights, training
and accommodation. MAIC's team of doctors in Iraq have
distributed the fellowship application among doctors
throughout Iraq. Successful applicants will be notified
at the end of December, 2003.
OF HEALTH AND HOSPITAL CONDITIONS
throughout Iraq continue to suffer severe shortages
of basic medical supplies and equipment. Poor sanitary
conditions, the lack of water and electricity have led
to a sharp rise in diseases such as typhoid, cholera
and even bubonic plague. Danger to Iraqi citizens, especially
children, lurks in the form of unexploded land mines
and rockets. The following are examples of health and
The Iraq Body Count (IBC), an Anglo-American research
group estimates the number of civilian deaths from the
start of the war to 20 October at 7,757 to 9,565. The
number of civilian injuries is placed three times higher
than the number of deaths. IBC estimates at least 20,000
civilian have been injured since the start of the war
The mortality rate for pregnant women and women
in labour has risen threefold. According to a recent
study, there are 310 deaths per 100,000 pregnant women.
The effects of the war and the continuing climate
of fear in Iraq have had serious psychological effects
on children. Many are thought to suffer from Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through its contacts at the
Iraqi Ministry of Health, MAIC has learned that there
are no child psychiatrists in Iraq. Prior to the war,
UNICEF had estimated that 500,000 children were in need
of psychiatric care.
Hospitals are short of the most basic supplies.
Prior to the 2003 war, the Centre for Heart Disease
performed three to five operations per day. That number
has since dropped to one or two operations a week in
the post-war period.
The Centre for Heart Disease is in dire need
of basic medical supplies such as oxygen cylinders and
surgical items i.e.: cannulae, butterfly needles, exchange
and transfusion sets.
Paediatric hospitals are in desperate need of
incubators, resuscitation trolleys and mucus extractors,
to name only a few items.
The Spinal Chord Injuries Centre located next
door to the UN suffered severe damage resulting from
the bombing of the UN building. The Centre has 700 handicapped
patients and has lost a large amount of equipment. They
have approached MAIC to provide them with 25 adult wheelchairs
and five children's wheelchairs.
Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), particularly
cluster bomblets have injured around 1,000 Iraqi children
according to a recent briefing by UNICEF. The ongoing
damage to children and adults from the ERW is an ongoing
problem as clearance is a slow and dangerous process
requiring substantial funding and trained personnel.
GROWING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR MAIC
MAIC wishes to thank all the foundations, organisations,
companies, fundraisers and individuals who have so generously
donated to the charity and to state how much we sincerely
value their support. We extend our appreciation to the
following list of organisers who have held fundraising
events since January 2003:
Reverend John Stephenson of St. Chad's Church
in East Herrington Sunderland for continuing to actively
raise funds for MAIC.
The Oxford University Islamic Society
for donating their general collection to MAIC.
The Durham Diocesan Board for raising
The Paston School Pupils for generously
St.Gregory's Choral Society and Orchestra
for raising funds through a concert in April.
Dr. Victor Chua for holding a party which
raised funds for MAIC.
Margaret and Mike Wright for raising funds
by posting letters in their neighbourhood asking for
donations for MAIC.
The Speyside High School for raising funds
through the Young Enterprise
Scotland Programme by setting up their
own mini enterprise, and through the sale of calendars
for charity, some of which was given to MAIC.
The Nottingham Friends of the Iraqi People
for raising awareness and funds.
Chipping Campden School for raising funds.
Susan Panahizadi-Booth and Maryam Homayoun-Eisler
for holding a fundraising tea party at Blakes hotel
in London in May.
Mr. and Mrs. Wasif Haroun for asking friends
to donate to MAIC instead of buying gifts for Mr. Haroun's
Mrs. Sylvia Edwards for kindly donating
a percentage from the sale of her paintings and book
to MAIC during an exhibition of her paintings in May.
Julian Gallant from Ensemble Productions
Ltd for holding a concert in May and donating a
percentage of proceeds to MAIC.
The Arab Women's Association for holding
a lunch hosted by Mrs. Leila Qattan and giving
MAIC 60% of the proceeds.
Jane Stafford and all the children for
creating a card with their picture to raise money for
the children of Iraq.
The Cundall Manor School in York for raising
money from a garden party held for an army sergeant
on his way to Iraq.
The Heart of Aylsham community for raising
funds through concerts, a raffle and donations.
The Brecknock Peace and Justice Group
for holding a concert for the children of Iraq and donating
part of the proceeds to MAIC.
Ian Milton for his active fundraising
at the Brecknock Peace and Justice Group, as well as
for donating proceeds from a stall sale.
The Hunter's Bar Against War and its organiser
Jan Burgess for generously donating.
Professor Roy Moffet for asking friends
for donations to MAIC in lieu of gifts at his retirement
The Women's Council for their generous
donation to the Emergency War Relief Fund.
The Craddocks for generously donating
to MAIC in memory of Keith England.
The Old Palace School of John Whitgift,
the children and the organisers, Miss Katie Neale and
Miss Caroline Giffs, for kindly raising funds for MAIC.
The family of Janet Ursula Cross for very
kindly donating to MAIC in her memory. MAIC would like
to express our deepest condolences.
Sofia Tierney for asking friends to donate,
instead of buying her gifts for her 7th birthday. Thank
you Sofia, MAIC's youngest fund raiser!
Mr & Mrs Abdullah Ismail for sponsoring MAIC's
fundraising Iftar in November, and to all contributors
to the event.
Maysa Ibrahim for substantial funds raised
on her birthday, in place of gifts.
Grant Wakefield for proceeds from his
CD "The Fire This Time."
Coventry Building Society and Three Spires
Round Table for donations raised through the Coventry
Mr Humphries and UK Civil Servants working
at the CPA in Baghdad for donations raised through a
pub quiz at the Al Rasheed Hotel.
St. Chad's Church for continuously raising
funds for MAIC since their Christmas appeal in 2002.
Mr Boothroyd and congregation of Welcombe
Church for raising funds through their quarterly
Ian Godfrey and organisers of Health and Harmony
Festival for donations raised from the North Devon
Society of Friends in Hertfordshire for
proceeds raised from a luncheon.
Elizabeth Baker and Welwyn Garden City Quakers
for proceeds from a luncheon.
Dr. Ismah Quasim & Dr. Malcolm Daniel
for asking friends to send their contributions to MAIC
instead of wedding gifts.
Hasina Talukdar for funds raised through
a sponsored silence.
Ian Saunders for his sponsored walk of
the West Highland Way.
Class L5JC at Loughborough High School
for their kind fundraising initiative.
Staff and students at St. Michael's College
for donations from their Annual Charity Day.
Kate Target for raising funds for MAIC
through the sale of hand-painted T-shirts.
Christine Smith and The Rotary Club for
organising a "Pedal push" fundraising event
in High Wycombe.
Hood Hood Books for proceeds from a book
sale held during MAIC's Iftar.
Talia Tabbara and Charlotte Kassir for
painting and selling stones on the beach in the summer.
Pam Hutchins & John Haywood for asking
friends to contribute to MAIC instead of purchasing
Richard Jones, Gilad Atzmon, The Orient House
Ensemble and Welsh Writers Against War for Benefit
Jazz Concert in Swansea in aid of MAIC.
Roger Merenyi for fundraising through
a sponsored seven-day fast.
Sensible Music Productions Ltd. for donating
10% of ticket sales at Ilham Al Madfai's concert.
Caroline Lees for promised donation of
proceeds from her art exhibition in November 2003.
The HOPE Foundation for raising funds
for MAIC through their campaign launch in April 2003;
and for nominating MAIC to receive 10% of ticket sales
and all profits from HOPE's fundraising Gala event,
which was held at the Royal Albert Hall on 26 September
2003. Proceeds from the event are still pending.
Edward W. Said
1 November, 1935 - 25 September, 2003
The loss of Edward Said was felt worldwide. His
achievements in a multitude of fields including politics,
history, music and literature knew no bounds. MAIC mourns
the loss of Edward as one of this century's greatest
and most outspoken thinkers as well as a valued Honorary
Member of our charity. We would like to extend our deepest
condolences to his family.
Amna Sabri Murad
31 December, 1923 - 17 July, 2003
Dr Murad was a wonderful MAIC supporter. During
her long illness, she continuously supported MAIC by
donating her time and effort, writing to members of
Parliament and regularly supplying us with copies of
the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The journals were
then sent on to doctors in Iraq. MAIC will miss her
PLANS FOR AN OFFICE IN BAGHDAD
MAIC's humanitarian projects expand, the Board of Directors
has decided that there is a real need to open a small,
single staff office in Baghdad which would liaise with
the MAIC office in London and with hospitals and doctors
throughout Iraq. In coordination with MAIC's team of
doctors in Iraq, the staff member would also follow
up on the delivery of medical supplies to hospitals.
MAIC is expanding its humanitarian activities to meet
growing hospital needs in the aftermath of the war.
The following are examples of projects MAIC hopes to
deliver in 2004:
We will continue to donate reagents and medical
supplies that allow the proper functioning of blood
gas analysers and Paediatric Intensive Care Units previously
donated by MAIC.
We will continue to supply surgical items and
medicines, including antibiotics and cancer treatment
drugs, to paediatric hospitals. The rate of cancer cure
from leukaemia stands at 9 out of 10 cases in the West.
In Iraq it is at one out of 10 due to the shortage of
MAIC was approached by two child psychiatrists
working with the Iraqi Ministry of Health about Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We have put them in
touch with Dr. Jack Piachaud from Medact (www.medact.org).
MAIC is looking for sponsors to donate funds to train
one or two Iraqi child psychiatrists in the UK.
MAIC will donate 30 wheelchairs and 60
pairs of crutches to the Centre for Spinal Chord Injuries
in Iraq. One wheelchair costs £190. Crutches cost
Mrs Mazin Al-Daftari- Trustee & Chairman
Mrs Yassine Bouhara
Mr Hani Dajani - Trustee
Mrs H.R. Farman-Farmaian
Mr Hassan Haddad 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 Imad Habba
Mrs Abdullah Ismail
Mr Bruce Mathalone M.D.
Mr Abdul Karim Moudaris
Dr Raghdah Shukri M.D.
Mrs Hassan Smadi
Mrs Nezhat Tayeb
Mr Graham Walker M.D.
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.
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 Rula Al-Chorbachi
Ms Maya Askari
Mr Taymoor Marmarchi
Ms Sabia Mayassi
Ms Suha Najjar
Mrs Sara Tayeb Khalifa