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The NOAH Iraq Project-Our Children Do Deserve Better

Hi it’s me again ! :)… This post is written by Dr Mohammed Twaij, an Iraqi paediatrician living in London and one of the guardians of the NOAH Iraq project down there in the UK :
Dear Friends,

Spirit of the story of Noah

The story of Noah and the flood is stated in The Torah, The Bible, and The Qur’an.
The story of Noah reminds us of our humanity and our limitations and the need to lend hand to each other especially during the time of calamity and tragedy. The spirit of this story is to remind us that we all have a responsibility to treat each other respectfully and to abide by golden standard of laws that are basic to humanity living peacefully and righteously in a civilized society. It teaches us to respect God’s Laws and the laws of morality and to abide by social, legal and spiritual paths which stem from God’s laws. It is a good reminder to all of us of a new beginning for human on earth and how “Noah” suffered and persevered to reach safety.

Iraqi children are suffering and they need our help. This is reminded me when I visited the Paediatric Oncology Department in the Medical City in Baghdad twice within a matter of seven months in 2009 during which time two of lovely young children died either because of late diagnosis and/or lack of appropriate and adequate medications. It is really sad when you feel you can do some thing to stop children from dying in front of your eyes, but at the same time you will be led down due to lack of resources, equipment, trained personals, short of medications, and needless to say poor educational programme.

The story of “NOAH” Noah Oncology And Haematology Hospital for Children

A group of dedicated and determined professionals in UK, studied this tragic reality of our children in Iraq and decided to embark on a humanitarian project to elevate the plight of those children in need. The project was born from the deep and unnecessary suffering of those children with cancer.

NOAH’s vision is to establish a charitable medical centre of excellence based in Iraq, offering equal opportunities to all children free modern- evidence-based treatments; thus providing health care services according to the highest international standards. We reckon the cost of such project is estimated at £60 Million in order to have a modern and fully operational Hospital.

Childhood cancer in the developed world enjoyed consistent improvement over the years and the children are surviving longer. The survival rate is estimated around 80% although it varies with the specific diagnosis. However, the survival rate in Iraq is a sad story and it is 35-40%.

The best available data from Iraq suggest that there are about 8000 newly diagnosed cancer case, and we estimated that about 2000 of them are children per year. This means that approximately 700-800 of such children would have been cured but the majority of them (1200-1300) with cancer would die unnecessarily for the reasons above.

We are aiming to establish Noah project on the same principles of the successful experience of the 57357 hospital for the treatment of children’s cancer in Cairo, in Egypt, which is the second largest hospital of its type in the world,

We direct our appeal to the good and generous People of Iraq, to contribute to the effective and meaningful achievement of this humanitarian project, urgently needed so we can put a stop to the needless death of Our Children simply because they are unable to access appropriate treatment.

We would emphasise that we cannot achieve this great medical feat which will be a shining
beacon throughout the region and the world, without the support and efforts of the generous People of Iraq.

You can get more informations about the NOAH Iraq project by visiting the website http://noahiraq.org and also you can ask for more informations by leaving a comment on this blog post and Inshallah I will get back to you… With my love… Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad…

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  1. anita
    January 16, 2010 at 7:35 am

    a great cause and vision are outlined here! how can we donate financially? i checked out the website, but can’t figure it out.

  2. Hassanain
    January 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    It sounds like you’re doing a great thing! Why not get the Iraqi physicians in England to work with the ones in North America?

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