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instability in Iraq continues to adversely affect the most
vulnerable members of society; children. In May 2006, the
UNICEFs Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis highlighted
that despite the efforts of the Public Distribution System
(PDS) of food baskets, many of Iraqs poorer households
are still food insecure. The study, conducted by the Ministry
of Planning and Development Cooperation and Central Organization
for Statistics & Information Technology (COSIT) and the
Ministry of Health/Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), supported
by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF,
concluded that unfortunately, children are the major victims
of food insecurity.
malnutrition rate of children in food insecure households
was found to be as high as 33%, the most severely affected
aged between 12 and 23 months. This degree of malnutrition
can irreversibly affect childrens mental, cognitive
and physical development. 9% of Iraqi children are acutely
malnourished; the highest rates (12-13 per cent) were again
found in children aged 24 months and under. The enduring effects
of war and sanctions, as well as the ongoing conflict and
insecurity have attributed to the continuing food insecurity
in Iraq. This has been compounded not only by lack of production
of sufficient food nationally, but also by a failure to ensure
access to food at the household level.
levels have been found to impact on accessibility to food,
favouring the more educated. However, the study highlighted
an increasing drop-out rate among students under 15 years
of age. Approximately 25% of students under 15, living mostly
in rural areas and extremely poor, had dropped out of school,
as their households could no longer afford the expenses of
schooling, schools were located too far away from home and
that some children had to be sent to work to supplement household
incomes. This has further impacted on the health of Iraqi
shipments to paediatric hospitals in Iraq 2006
latest shipment included reagents and electrodes for a radiometer
machine and was delivered to the Childrens Welfare Hospital,
Medical City, Baghdad, Iraq on 21 April 2006. (Total cost
Shipments to paediatric hospitals in Iraq - 2006
compiled eight medical consignments based on urgent requests
from paediatric hospitals in Iraq. These include a variety
of much needed medical and surgical equipment.
possible to view the contents of the medical consignments
listed per hospital by following the links below. Should you
wish to donate funds towards any of the consignments, please
pleased to report that the consignment of wheelchairs and
crutches for hospitals and injury centres in Iraq has already
been kindly sponsored. (Total value excluding transport £24,570.00).
of the medical consignments to hospitals in Iraq
Welfare Hospital, Medical City, General Needs
Welfare Hospital, Medical City, Oncology Department
Women and Children's Hospital, General Needs
Women and Children's Hospital, Oncology Department
Teaching Hospital, Oncology Department
year's nutrition supplements for patient Marwan Bashir
Hospital for Women and Children
and crutches for hospitals and Injury Centres in Iraq
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR IRAQI DOCTORS AT UK HOSPITALS
MAIC begun a new aid programme training Iraqi doctors in the
UK. The latest to benefit from this experience has been Dr.
Assad Ameer Khalaf, haematologist working in Basrah Teaching
Hospital Oncology Department. He had the opportunity to train
for one month at the Hammersmith Hospital starting in March
2006. Dr Khalaf summarises his experience as follows:
was an interesting time for me to have such opportunity to
learn valuable things that I would like to reflect for my
patients in Iraq and to transfer knowledge to my colleagues.
In Hammersmith Hospital, I joined the Haematology team in
their activities; attending clinical and laboratory meetings,
ward rounds and outpatient clinics. It has been a fruitful
time upon me by getting in touch with the advances in medical
knowledge and clinical skills in the filed of Haematology.
The impressive aspects that I found
organized and well-guided system of work as one team.
relations between doctors, nursing staff and their patients.
high educational level of nursing staff.
well orientation of the patients and their families about
the disease, treatment and prognosis.
outpatient care and day clinic.
clinical and teaching meetings.
laboratory and radiotherapy clinics.
I should mention with thanks the cooperation of the doctors
in Haematology department who taught me and enabled me to
get an access to the needed information.
In a few words, the health system in our country is not so
bad but it needs reorganization; and the main lag is due to
the deficiency and/or absence of the new medical techniques.
Moreover, I found it is very important for the doctors and
medical staff to, at least, have a look on the new advances
in their field by abroad attachments, hoping that they could
participate in improvement of the health system.
When I returned to Basrah, I put with some modification guidelines
to be followed for treating our patients according to the
In cooperation with other doctors, we can improve the inpatient
and outpatient care taking in consideration my notification
about the working system.
deliver lectures to postgraduate and colleague doctors showing
what I have learned.
I have visited Southend hospital, met Dr Ayed Eden/Haematologist,
and went in round with him. He advised me how to improve our
In addition to that, I could have good references to contact
whether for consultation or asking for future cooperation
to push our work forward.
Once again, thank you very much to all members of MAIC and
I am grateful to The Karim Rida Said Foundation for their
generous funding during my stay in London.
also pleased to announce that Dr Mustafa Majeed Ghidhban Al-
Jawad, Orthopaedic Surgeon, has been kindly accepted by St.
Mary's Hospital NHS Trust under the supervision of Mr Abdul
Moeen Baco, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, for a period of
2-3 weeks, starting mid June 2006. We also hope to include
two female nurses to benefit from this programme before the
end of summer.
most grateful to the Karim Rida Said Foundation for their
generous sponsorship of the training programmes of 2006.
by Maya Al-Memar. Any enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org