War Update - May 2003
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MAIC has been operating within
Iraq for a number of years and now, more than ever, medical
aid is desperately needed. Prior to the war, Iraqi hospitals
were in need of supplies especially medicines, surgical items
and medical equipment.
casualties sustained throughout the conflict, the subsequent
looting that ensued stripping the hospitals of their most
basic supplies, and the repercussions of the conflict such
as the disruption of electricity, water treatment and delays
in humanitarian relief distribution mean that the situation
in Iraq is even more critical.
this reason MAIC will give periodic updates on the website
on both MAIC's role and the overall humanitarian situation
within the country.
of the main problems for hospitals and aid delivery in general
is that of security. Immediately after the war, looting became
rife with looters targeting hospitals and in some cases stealing
even their most basic supplies.
a country suffering from a grave rise in casualties, lack
of medical supplies and understaffed, overstretched hospitals
the looting had very serious effects: all patients in the
Al-Kindi hospital were sent elsewhere due to the danger posed
to them by the looting, and the Al-Rashad psychiatric hospital
was looted and burnt with 1,200 patients, including children,
turned out on the street in chaos.
internal situation has begun to calm down, but security is
still a problem making the distribution of aid a most pressing
to the absence of local government and the affected infrastructure
of the country, the sanitary conditions in hospitals has greatly
suffered with reports of rubbish piling up uncollected, staff
being unable to safely reach work and supplies of fuel and
clean water in great need.
is one of the biggest immediate needs as there is little access
to potable water which is also needed to sterilise equipment
and to clean the hospitals.
patients are at risk from potentially deadly infections such
rural areas and all around the country due to unsanitary conditions,
the lack of water and sewage treatments, many people and children
in particular, have contracted a number of water-borne diseases
such as: cholera, black fever, typhoid, gastroenteritis and
other diarrhoeal diseases.
Carol Bellamy, head of operations for UNICEF, said in an interview
that one Baghdad hospital had received 300 cases of children
suffering from acute diarrhoea within the space of 3 hours.
There are insufficient laboratory facilities such as culture
kits to check for diseases in order to prescribe the correct
They are all lacking supplies such as anaesthetics, morphine,
insulin and antibiotics due to the difficulty of stocking
up prior to the war as a result of international sanctions.
Hence, many emergency operations have been performed without
In Basra, premature babies have died due to a lack of oxygen
for the incubators.
They are lacking basic supplies such as dressings, external
fixators for compound fractures, splints, plaster of paris,
antibiotics, sedatives, chest tubes, syringes and tracheotomy
MAIC has identified the main casualties as those suffering
from burns, injuries, amputations, water-borne diseases, chest
infections from pollution and an expected rise in cancers.
works directly with the hospitals and doctors in Iraq and
through them finds out and provides the medical supplies which
are most needed. Feeling the need to act quickly and to provide
as much humanitarian relief as possible MAIC has set up an Emergency War Relief Fund alongside
the pre-existing mainstream account.
is happy to announce that it has sent two shipments of aid
which left the UK on 1st May 2003 and should be arriving imminently.
MAIC would like to thank Virgin who agreed to take the two
shipments on one of the first flights into the country.
supplies will be distributed to five hospitals in Baghdad,
Kerbala and Basra, which are: Al Mansour Paediatric Teaching
Hospital, Medical City, Baghdad; Central Paediatric Teaching
Hospital, Al-Tifl Al-Markazi, Baghdad; Kadisiya General Hospital,
paediatric section, Baghdad; Basra Paediatric Hospital, Basra;
Kerbala Children's Hospital, Kerbala.
is pleased to announce that we the shipments recently sent
to Iraq with Virgin Airlines arrived in Basra International
Airport on the 2nd May 2003 and were immediately placed in
safe storage. We have received assurances from Colonel John
T Graham (the British medical officer) that the supplies will
be shortly delivered to the intended recipient hospitals.
Funded through the MAIC mainstream account.
compiled medical list was sent to The Department of Trade
and Industry (DTI) for UN approval on the 28th November 2002
in the hope that it could be delivered prior to the war but
was unable to go through at that time as the DTI export licence
was issued on 10th March 2003.
UN and DTI approval took three and a half months and the shipment
had been waiting till safe entry and distribution could be
includes medical supplies such as antibiotics, surgical items
and cancer drugs.
of the items totalling £144,890.98 have been sent to
Iraq with Virgin providing free transport. The remaining items
will follow in the coming weeks.
through the Emergency War Relief Fund.
DTI approval took 9 days which is an appreciated and encouraging
been compiled during the war.
two complete medical kits in accordance with the WHO specifications,
200 wheelchairs for both children and adults, 300 pairs of
crutches for both children and adults, baby milk, soya milk
and stands for transfusions.
items of this shipment, totalling £56,520 have been
sent along with Shipment 19 to Iraq, the remaining items will
follow in the upcoming weeks.
[Click here to view shipment details]
through the Emergency War Relief Fund.
This new medical supply list has been sent to the DTI for
emergency medical supplies such as anaesthetics, burn treatments,
antibiotics, cancer drugs, disinfectants and surgical items.
[Click here to view shipment details]
is pleased to announce its first official fundraising event
for the Emergency War Relief Fund. This will take place on
11th June 2003 at The Royal College of Physicians.
There will be speakers, whose talks will be followed by refreshments
and a raffle.
has been overwhelmed by the concern and generosity so many
people have shown and would like to thank everyone who has
donated to the either of the two funds - your support is invaluable.
MAIC would also like to thank some people who have most recently
put together fund-raising events, the innovativeness and good
will shown is deeply appreciated.
would like to thank the Oxford University Islamic Society
for donating their general collection to the charity.
Diocesan Board has raised funds for which MAIC thanks
School Pupils raised funds and MAIC would like to thank
them for their contribution.
HOPE Foundation is a newly founded organisation whose
aim is to combat leukaemia in children in 'war torn' countries.
For Phase 1 of HOPE, MAIC will be the beneficiary charity.
The official launch was on 17th April 2003 and MAIC is happy
to state that since then donations have been coming in and
would like to thank everyone who has lent their support. There
will be a fundraising Gala at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday
26th September 2003.
St. Gregory's Choral Society and Orchestra raised funds
through a concert on Sunday 13th April 2003. Many thanks to
all who organised and contributed to the event especially
the conductor Martin Wyatt and Nicola Greenwood the soprano.
Victor Chua held a party for friends in which he raised
funds for the charity for which MAIC thanks him for.
John Stephenson of St. Chad's Church in East Herrington,
Sunderland. MAIC would like to thank the Reverend John Stephenson
for his continuous support in actively raising congregational
and Mike Wright who fundraised through posting letters
through letterboxes in their area calling for donations. MAIC
would like to thank them for their initiative in raising funds.
Speyside High School who through the Young Enterprise
Scotland Program have set up their own mini enterprise company.
We would like to thank all those who have shown such initiative
in their successful endeavour of selling calendars to raise
money and then from their profits donating to various charities
of which MAIC was a recipient.
Friends of the Iraqi People have been raising awareness
and funds in support of medical aid to paediatric hospitals
in Iraq for which MAIC would like to thank them.
would like to thank the Chipping Campden School for
the generous funds which the school raised in support of the
Panahizadi-Booth and Maryam Homayoun-Eisler have
organised a fundraising event at the Blake's Hotel, London
on Thursday 8th May 2003. MAIC would like to thank them both
in advance and to wish them luck in their event.
and Mrs Wasif Haroun have kindly asked their friends to
donate to MAIC rather than purchase presents in celebration
of Mr. Haroun's birthday this year for which they are holding
a party. MAIC would like to thank them both for their generosity.
Ibrahim who on occasion of her birthday has asked her
friends to donate to the charity. MAIC would like to thank
her very much for this.
Mrs Silvia Edwards has an exhibition of her paintings
on 28th May 2003. MAIC would like to thank Mrs Edwards who
will kindly donate a percentage of the sale of her book during
her exhibition to the charity.
Julian Gallant from Ensemble Productions Ltd
is organising the St. Peter's Gala Concert with the Russian
Chamber Orchestra to be held in St. John Smith Square on 28th
May 2003. MAIC would like to thank them for their promised
donation of a percentage of their proceeds.
Constantine international orchestral conductor will be
organising a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in support
of the charity. MAIC would like to thank Mrs. Latifa Kosta
and Mr. Constantine for helping in organising the event
and to thank everyone taking part in the concert, which will
take place mid to end of June.
inquiries or comments are most welcome and should be addressed
to the editor, Maya Askari