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like to welcome you to its third post war update. The past
few months have seen an escalation in the violence in Iraq
which has lead to the departure of the UN and Red Cross international
OF HEALTH & HOSPITAL CONDITIONS
Iraq Body Count (IBC), an Anglo-American research group has
estimated the number of civilian deaths from the start of
the war to 20 October at 7,757 - 9,565. The number of civilian
injuries has been put at three times the number of deaths
and at least 20,000 have been estimated since the start of
the war till July. These statistics are currently being corroborated,
though it is difficult to create a complete country analysis
as little information exists and information for the countryside
is harder to gather.
The mortality rate for pregnant women and those 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 current lack of security in Iraq
are having serious psychological effects on children and many
suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Two Iraqi
psychiatrists have, with the Ministry of Health, set up a
programme to deal with the effects of PTSD and according to
them there are no child psychiatrists within the country.
They desperately need training in the area of crisis intervention.
Prior to the war Unicef had estimated that 500,000 children
were in need of psychiatric care, this number has risen.
Although schools have been rebuilt, parents are too scared
to let their children attend due to the terrorist threats
targeting schools and other institutions. The bombing of Al
Khadra police station, in Baghdad, on 27th October 2003 had
grave repercussions. Many children were traumatised due to
their exposure to the bombing as there were four schools near
the station. All children left for the day, but parents are
unsure when to let their children attend school again.
Hospitals are still in need of some of the most basic supplies.
The Centre for Heart Disease performed three to five operations
per day prior to the war; this number has dropped drastically
to one or two operations a week in the post-war period. The
story of the four year old boy, covered by Sky News in October
2003, illustrates this problem. He had a bullet lodged close
to his heart which could penetrate his heart and kill him.
Due to the lack of surgical items, the needed operation could
not be carried out earlier. Due to the media attention focussed
on him, he was able to undergo the lifesaving surgery. He
would not have survived had outside attention not turned on
him. There are many other children and adults in the same
situation who are unable to receive treatment.
The Centre for Heart Disease is in dire need of basic medical
supplies, 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 mucous extractors to name a few
The Spinal Cord Injuries Centre was next door to the UN and
suffered severe damage resulting from the bombing of the UN.
They have 700 patients who are all handicapped and a great
amount of equipment was lost. They have approached MAIC to
provide them with 25 adult wheelchairs and 5 child wheelchairs.
Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) particularly cluster bomblets
have, according to a recent briefing by Unicef, injured and
killed 1,000 Iraqi children. The ongoing damage to children
and adults from these ERW is an ongoing problem as clearance
is a slow and dangerous process requiring substantial funding
and trained personnel.
MAIC'S FORTHCOMING PROJECTS
situation has drastically changed in Iraq we are expanding
our humanitarian activities to meet the growing needs of the
people. We are adapting our role to deal with the present
needs in Iraq.
We will continue with our commitment to donate reagents
and medical supplies to allow the proper functioning of the
blood gas analysers and Paediatric Intensive Care Units previously
donated by MAIC.
We will continue to supply surgical items and medicines
which include antibiotics and cancer treatment drugs to paediatric
hospitals. The cure rate of leukaemia in the West is 9 out
of 10; due to a lack of cancer medications it is 1 out of
10 in Iraq.
MAIC was contacted by the Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health which is offering one month fellowships (including
sponsoring the flight, training and accommodation) to ten
doctors from Iraq beginning in April 2004. MAIC's team of
doctors in Iraq have distributed the fellowship applications
amongst young doctors interested in the fellowship placements
offered. Successful applicants will be notified at the end
MAIC was approached by the two psychiatrists working
with the Ministry of Health on the child PTSD programme (see
above). We have put them in touch with Dr. Jack Piachaud from
MAIC is looking into the possibility of offering training
to one or two psychiatrists in the field of child psychiatry
if we are able either to raise the appropriate funds or to
find a sponsor.
We will donate 30 wheelchairs and 60 pairs of crutches
to the Centre for Spinal Cord Injuries. The price of one wheelchair
is 190GBP and that of crutches is 20.40 GBP.
We will provide surgical supplies to the Centre for
Heart Disease in Baghdad.
ON PAST SHIPMENT
Shipment 19 & 20:
The medical shipments above totalled 201,140.98GBP and were
sent out on Virgin Atlantic's humanitarian flight on 1st May
2003. They were received by the coalition at Basra airport
on 2nd May 2003. The British Medical Officer in Basra assured
us of the safe and rapid distribution of the supplies. The
distribution, however, was delayed, apart from Basra Paediatric
Hospital which received les than half the supplies on 10 May
2003. The rest were delivered on 26 June 2003 with significant
quantities missing. MAIC is seeking compensation of 98,784.49GBP,
the value of the medical supplies lost. MAIC is very disappointed
with the coalition's handling of its medical supplies. Many
children, especially cancer patients, went without treatment.
It is very probable that many other children who could have
been saved lost their lives due to the lengthy delay and significant
loss of medical supplies. The issue was reviewed on Sky News
on 27 October 2003 at 6.30am. To see a full account of these
shipments please see the previous post war updates particularly,
Post War Update II.
This shipment valuing 128,790.29 GBP (inclusive of transport)
was airfreighted to Amman, Jordan, on 13th August 2003. It
was subsequently sent by land to Baghdad and delivered to
the warehouse in Medical City on 19th August 2003. MAIC's
team of Iraqi doctors organised the distribution of the supplies
to the seven recipient hospitals:
Al Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Medical City,
Central Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Al-Tifl Al-Markazi,
Basra Paediatric Hospital, Basra.
Kerbala Children's Hospital, Kerbala.
Ibn Baladi Hospital, Baghdad.
Hilla Hospital, Hilla.
Mosul Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Mosul.
This shipment will consist of 4 Drager incubators and 4 resuscitators.
The total value of this shipment is 75,167.35 EUROS (inclusive
of transport.) We would like to thank Vitol Services Limited
for sponsoring 3 incubators and 3 resuscitators and the Oussaimi
Foundation for sponsoring 1 incubator and 1 resuscitator.
The number of incubators and resuscitators are equally divided
Al Mansour Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Medical City,
Central Paediatric Teaching Hospital, Al-Tifl Al-Markazi,
The equipment has been ordered and MAIC estimates that the
shipment will arrive in Iraq in January 2004.
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. The following is a list of organisers who have held
fundraising events since August 2003.
We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Abdullah Ismail for
sponsoring MAIC's Iftar on 7th November 2003 and the kind
supporters who attended or donated though were unable to attend.
We are grateful to all those who donated to our raffle and
to those involved in the bazaar. We would like to thank Patchi
for the beautifully presented chocolates they donated for
Many thanks to Mayssa Ibrahim for the substantial money
she raised in place of presents for her birthday. We would
also like to thank all the artists who were involved in the
entertainment and offered their performances for free.
MAIC would like to express our thanks and appreciation
for the ongoing support of Grant Wakefield who is raising
funds through sales of his CD, the anti-war album "The
Fire This Time." You can visit the official website
to purchase the CD online and to access more Iraq related
MAIC would like to thank Coventry Building Society
and Coventry Three Spires Round table for their donation
raised through the Coventry Fun Run.
MAIC wishes to warmly thank Mr Humphris and UK Civil
Servants working for the CPA in Baghdad who raised donations
through a pub quiz held in the Al Rasheed Hotel.
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to St
Chad's Church for their ongoing support and funds raised
since their 2002 appeal.
MAIC is very grateful to Ms Kate Targett and an artist
friend of hers for their kind initiative in producing "P-shirts"
to raise funds to help the Iraqi children.
We would like to thank Mr Boothroyd and the congregation
of Wedcombe Church for the funds they raised through
their quarterly collection.
We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to Ms
Jane Scott for the funds she raised through a sponsored
run for the MAIC/HOPE account to treat children with leukaemia.
MAIC wishes to express our thanks and gratitude to Ian
Godfrey and the organisers of the Health and Harmony
Festival which took place in North Devon. Many thanks
to the attendees for their voluntary donations and to the
stallholders and therapists for their generosity in donating
items and services throughout the festival.
MAIC would like to thank the Society of Friends in
Hertfordshire for the funds raised at a luncheon.
We wish to express our appreciation to Mrs Elizabeth Baker
and the Welwyn Garden City Quakers, for the proceeds
they raised at a fundraising lunch.
MAIC would like to congratulate Dr Ismah Quasim and
Dr Malcolm Daniel on the occasion of their wedding
and to thank them and the couples who attended their marriage
for their contributions raised in place of wedding gifts.
MAIC is extremely grateful to Hasina Talukdar, a 14-year
old attendant at Wycombe High School who, through a sponsored
silence, raised funds from her friends, teachers from her
school, family and neighbourhood.
MAIC would like to thank Ian Saunders for raising funds
through a sponsored walk of the West Highland Way, from Glasgow
to Fort William.
We would like to express our thanks and gratitude at the kind
fundraising initiative undertaken by the girls of Class
L5JC at the Loughborough High School.
We would like to thank the staff and students at St.
Michael's College for including MAIC as one of the recipients
for funds raised during their Annual Charity Day.
We wish to deeply thank Reverend John Stephenson for
his relentless effort in continuously raising funds for MAIC.
MAIC would like to express our gratitude to Miss Christine
Smith and everyone who took part in the 'Pedalpush' fundraising
event in High Wycombe organised by the Rotary Club.
We would like to express our appreciation to Hood Hood
Books for including MAIC's logo in their Ramadan promotional
MAIC wishes to thank Talia Tabara and Charlotte
Kassir, both 8 years old, for their enterprising endeavour
of painting stones and selling them on the beach in summer.
Ms. Pam Hutchins and Mr. John Haywood raised
donations for MAIC in place of wedding gifts. We wish to congratulate
you on your marriage and to thank you both and the kind people
who have donated as a result.
MAIC wishes to thank Richard Jones for fundraising
in Swansea through a Benefit Jazz Concert and to thank the
highly acclaimed conductor Gilad Atzmon and The
Orient House Ensemble for their performance. The Benefit
was supported by Welsh Writers Against War and MAIC
would like to thank them for their continued support.
Roger Merenyi raised funds through a seven day fast
and we sincerely thank him for his selflessness and greatly
MAIC wishes to express its thanks to Caroline Lee who
will be donating part of the proceeds from her recent art
exhibition in November 2003.
We would like to thank Sensible Music Productions Ltd.
for funds raised from 10% of the ticket sales from a concert
for the highly acclaimed Iraqi singer Ilham Al Midfai.
MAIC wishes to thank Ian Milton of Brecknock Justice
Peace Group for the proceeds raised from sales at a stall.
MAIC would like to thank The HOPE Foundation for raising
funds totalling 3,711.64GBP following the HOPE campaign launch
on ANN (an Arab television station) in April 2003. Most of
these funds were donated by the viewers into the MAIC/HOPE
account which was opened specifically to sponsor treatment
for leukaemia patients. HOPE had a fundraising Gala event
at the Royal Albert Hall on 26 September 2003. It was agreed
that MAIC was the nominated charity to receive 10% of the
ticket sales and all profits, in order to purchase anti-cancer
drugs to treat children with leukaemia. As yet MAIC has not
received proceeds from the Gala event but hope that it will
not be much longer.
will be our last update for 2003, MAIC would like to wish
you all a very Happy New Year and to thank you all for your
support and interest in helping the Iraqi children. We depend
upon your continued backing for MAIC's forthcoming projects
and hence to ease the suffering and save the lives of more
Iraqi children in the year to come. MAIC's annual newsletter
will be published toward the end of the year and will be accessible
from our website.
and comments are most welcome and should be addressed to the
editor, Maya Askari.