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Seeking Doctors for Training Missions to Basra

Monday, June 24th, 2013
Article in Sunday Business Post, Dublin, June 24, 2013

Article in Sunday Business Post, Dublin, June 24, 2013

Irish Medical Times article:

TEN years after the invasion of Iraq, the country is inviting doctors to take part in training and treatment missions, initially to Basra in the south of the country, to help improve health services for children there.

Continuing the 4Basra project, I have recently formed a partnership with Preemptive Love – a US organisation that carries out regular cardiac treatment and training missions throughout Iraq – who in turn work with their Iraqi partner organisation Living Light International.

We are seeking to recruit a small team of doctors to make an initial visit to the country, and in time we hope to expand this work to cities other than Basra in the near future.

Preemptive Love has been asked to expand its work to areas of medicine other than cardiac surgery for children by Dr Riyadh al-Hilfi, the Director of Health for Basra Governate and a number of other Iraqi regional health directors.

Doctors who specialise in paediatric oncology, radiotherapy, renal transplants and ICU / critical care unit care and with up-to-date knowledge of those areas are invited to take part in the initial visit to carry out training and treatment primarily at Basra Children’s Cancer Hospital (BCCH).

They are welcome to visit either as volunteers or on a paid short-term contract basis.

We plan to make an initial visit to make a more detailed assessment of the needs, then aim to make twice-yearly visits for between 10 days and 3 or 4 weeks.

We will work with the Iraqi Ministry of Health and their donor base to put together the necessary funding package to cover airfares, medicines, equipment, supplies, visas, food, accommodation and security.

We are also seeking a number of doctors with the appropriate qualifications who can advise on the suitability of the recruits in a voluntary capacity.

Completed film from visit to Basra in 2011

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The updated film from my visit to Basra last May is on:

4Basra is a partner of the Aladdin’s Magic Lamp Project – a Vienna-based charity that has been supporting the Basrah Children’s Cancer Hospital in the city of Basrah in southern Iraq, and which brings children from the region to Europe for life-saving medical treatment.

The Campaign for Children’s Health in Iraq has evolved into a new project – in which 4Basra is not currently involved – focused on improving medical care for children with cancer at a teaching hospital in Baghdad Medical City.

Meanwhile the efforts of 4Basra continue – focused on assessing the current conditions in Basra Children’s Cancer Hospital (and ideally the Basra Materntiy & Children’s Hospital) and seeking strategic partners to help to improve these services and build capacity.





Short excerpts of film from trip to Basra, May 2011

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

IN May of last year I travelled to Basra with film-maker Dearbhla Glynn in order to visit the two hospitals supported by the Aladdin’s Magic Lamp Project.

A report written shortly after our return was published in the Irish Times.

A film from the trip will be completed in the next month or two, with the aim of attracting support specifically for the children’s cancer hospital in Basra from a number of people and organisations.

In the meantime, below is a ‘promo’ film featuring short excerpts from the film, edited by Cara Holmes and Dearbhla Glynn:

BASRA 2011 from CARA HOLMES on Vimeo.

Merry Christmas…4Basra has raised €1,600

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Merry Christmas from 4Basra and thank you so much to everyone who has helped and supported us this year.

In the past six weeks or so, with the help of Nicholas Wood, Dr Chris Burns-Cox, the guys at Media Lens, and thanks to donations from a number of doctors in the UK and Ireland and a number of my own contacts, we have raised €1,600. This brings the total raised in 2007 to €2,700.

Although this is a tiny fraction of the total amount of money needed to buy medicines and supplies every year for the hospital (about €250,000), every little is very much appreciated and badly needed.

We hope to add to this in the New Year with further efforts.

Doctors in Basra still face danger every day

If you saw BBC”s Panorama report from Basra earlier this month, or read recent reports in The Guardian or , you”ll know that doctors in Basra still face incredibly .

In the past six months, 48 women have been killed in the city and doctors are kidnapped for ransoms of up to US$20,000 at a time.

This is still a city living in fear, where the future is uncertain and doctors and nurses face unspeakable dangers and unimaginable risks every day.

Spare a thought for them during this time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Help a good cause, win a case of Irish whiskey

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Please click here!

Thanks to David at Irish Whiskey Notes.

And thanks to Stephen Teeling and David Horgan at Cooley Whiskey for your kind donation.

I’m also very grateful to a number of people in the UK who are helping me as we try to gather some further support.

I should also thank Terence at the Irish Medical Times, for publishing my letter,

Damien Mulley for publishing my guest post, and Senator David Norris for his kind donation.

More details soon.