Seeking Doctors for Training Missions to Basra

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.

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