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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.

Basra needs your help

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The situation in Iraq has been worsening over the past few months.

A colleague of one of the doctors working in the children’s hospital in Basra was recently found dead in a rubbish dump, her body cut into pieces.

One important ward of the chilren’s hospital will close if my colleague in Vienna cannot help, and I hope to make a contribution to her fundraising efforts.

The next medical consignment is due to be shipped in October or November, so I’d like to try to raise some funds to contribute to that.

Oxfam recently published a report on the humanitarian situation in Iraq and I plan to contact them along with a number other people who might be able to help.

I’ve neglected to do any more on this due to pressure of other work and the Irish elections, which meant some of the people I was planning to contact were very busy.  

The initial fundraising target will be €5,000, but I hope to raise the bar as we go along.

I’ll organise things and contact people when I have the time, but other than that, it’ll be emails, calls and drinks if necessary to see who I can cajole into helping.

If you’ve got an idea for a quiz, an event, a whip-round or some other event, I’ll help when and where I can.

I hope some of you will get in touch.


Monday, November 6th, 2006

BBC Films are currently in Dublin filming The Baker Street Irregulars, a Sherlock Holmes mystery for BBC One and Children’s BBC. 

The exterior of the building which houses the 4Basra office (which was perhaps a sitting room or dining room once upon a time) is being used in the film. 

However, the crew have also hung blinds and curtains in the front window and left a bit of a mess in the office after filming yesterday. 

As they are due back next Sunday, on the very slim chance that you’re reading guys, could you please leave the room as you found it next weekend?

Conscious Consumerism

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Consumer tastes are notoriously fickle, changing at an ever-faster pace.  

Nonetheless, contributions from the ubiquitous ‘Red’ campaign – Motorola mobile phones, The Independent newspaper, Ipods, credit cards, etc. – recently topped $10 million. 

As yesterday’s reported, Ali Hewson’s Edun ethical fashion range is another recent example. 

Closer to home, Oxfam Ireland launched The Cake Sale: a 9-song CD by a loose and expansive collection of well-known musicians and writers. 

As the trend continues, it seems that like any other business, the companies and charities co-operating in these ventures will have to be both leaders and followers: shaping the direction of campaigns while at the same time adapting to consumer tastes.

Do Iraqi Terrorists Have Internet Access?

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Last week I learned of the sad news of a well-known female gynaecologist in Basra. 

Dr Youssra Hashem was killed on her way to work, shortly as she left her home.

Read more on the subject in my piece for Village magazine.