Caring for Caregivers in Baghdad

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Claudia Lefko  NORTHAMPTON, MA

 

Baghdad Resolve:  To Improve Education and Training for Oncology Nurses

 Kids understood this project in 2001.  When children heard someone in another country was sick and needed help,  they responded. 


There has been a crisis for children in Iraq since the First Gulf War.  Now 20+ years later there is still a crisis and we are still advocating for Iraqi children.


A drawing of Faisa Amir, age 8 (2001) in her Baghdad hospital bed, done by her brother for the Iraqi Children's Art Exchange.  Faisa suffered with ALL with bone marrow relapse; she died on January 25, 2001

We are working with two pediatric oncologists at Children’s Welfare Teaching Hospital in Medical City Baghdad.  CANCER, on top of everything else in Iraq!  You can imagine the difficulties parents face finding good quality care for their sick child.  And, perhaps you can imagine the challenges of providing care in what Dr. Mazin calls this exhaustive setting.

        

Dr.Mazin, Miriam Thamer, age 8 (2014) and Dr. Salma

Some 160,000 children around the world are diagnosed with cancer every year, more than half of them will die.  The majority of deaths will occur in countries like Iraq, low and middle-income countries, where the survival rate is sometimes as low as 20% compared with high-income countries where the survival rate can be more than 80%.  Experts say that nurses provide about 80% of care to patients.  Nurses are critical to good care.

Only 20% of nurses in Iraq are college graduates.  They need more education, they need training and support.  We hope to provide those things, which will mean BETTER QUALITY CARE and BETTER OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER IN IRAQ.  

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For more information:  www.iraqichildrensart.org






 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Update 4
Posted by Claudia Lefko
11 months ago
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If you have already donated to our online campaign thanks...but keep reading on.
If you have not contributed, please read on and consider making a contribution, because...

There is a good-news from Baghdad; even in these terrible times the proverbial cup increases, drop by precious drop our efforts add up. On the ground, underneath the headlines of never-ending disaster, life goes on. Dedicated, hardworking people continue to work hard. In our case, international connections are expanded, and plans are laid to help create a better future for patients, nurses, doctors and families...the community of people... who inhabit the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Welfare Teaching Hospital in Baghdad.

Front page news in the NYTimes on Wednesday (5/18) says some 200 people were killed last week in bombings in Baghdad. Violence, uncertainty and chaos continue, but our work on behalf of children with cancer –miraculously--goes on. We are preparing to launch our new initiative to improve and upgrade nursing skills, bringing five pediatric oncologist/hematologists and seven nurses from the Baghdad hospital unit to Amman Jordan in mid-July along with a group of internationals.

This four day meeting is historic, the culmination of years of outreach and networking by the Iraqi medical team. We are poised to work –doctors with nurses, internationals with Iraqis, educators with activists—together to develop a site-specific, sustainable plan for education/training of pediatric oncology nurses for the Baghdad hospital unit. In other first-world circumstances, or in other more stable developing countries, a meeting to launch a training/education project is not an historic event. But, achieving this in Baghdad is indeed historic.

This is your last chance to donate online to our Pediatric Oncology Nurse Training and Education Project. We are closing down the appeal. We did not make our goal, but we have managed, through other sources, to find just about enough funding to launch the new initiative.

There is no such thing as “extra” money. If you would like to make a contribution to our new project, NOW IS THE TIME. All money raised by Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange/Baghdad Resolve goes directly toward implementing our projects; there is no office, no overhead and no one gets a salary. You can’t beat that!

Be part of this historic moment: make a donation and PLEASE tell your friends about our work.
Dr. Mazin Al-Jadiry and Claudia Lefko
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Posted by Claudia Lefko
12 months ago
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I was moved by an article written by Alexandra Fuller in National Geographic (2010), about a young white man coming of age and becoming a minister in South Africa just as apartheid was ending. He took a job in a Zulu village to learn about "the others" who live in that same country with him, who he'd never known.

"In the dozen years Snyman lived among the Zulus as a minister, it became clear that the lesson he had to take back to his own people was this: ‘Those who supported the system of apartheid need to apologize in a way that will feel sincere. Then they need to make amends in a way that restores some of the dignity and some of the material opportunities that had been eroded under that system. Snyman started to think about the idea of community-led restitution—the creation, he says, of such emblems of remorse as a school, a clinic or a skills training center. Something everyone could point to and say, Here is our symbol of true sorryness, here is a symbol of our decision to build a new way to work together. It’s as a very deep idea to me.”

I think we have a similar task as US citizens, to begin to create and support emblems of remorse for what we have done in Iraq; the destruction we have wrought there. Training pediatric oncology nurses in Baghdad is a way to be of help. Please contribute and share this idea with friends. It will take all of us working together to make this work. THANKS!
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Posted by Claudia Lefko
12 months ago
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HAVE YOU HEARD ANY GOOD NEWS COMING OUT OF IRAQ LATELY…read on!

Our project, Baghdad Resolve: An International Collaboration to Improve Cancer Care in Iraq is launching a project to train pediatric oncology nurses at Children’s Welfare Teaching Hospital (CWTH) in Medical City Baghdad.

Nurses provide 80% of patient care. In Iraq, only 13% of nurses have a college degree yet they work in a field that we know requires extensive knowledge and advanced clinical skills.

The good news is we are assembling an international team to help train oncology nurses at CWTH in Baghdad.

You can help by making a donation and spreading the word about this campaign. GOOD THINGS CAN HAPPEN, EVEN IN BAGHDAD, BUT IT TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT BY A LOT OF DETERMINED, TALENTED AND GOOD HEARTED PEOPLE.

Your donation will improve the care and outcomes for Iraqi children suffering from cancer and leukemia.

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50% of all childhood cancer patients in Iraq are cared for on this unit at Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital, a facility that has languished through years of war and post-war instability. Only 20% of nurses --highly educated and specially trained in oncology in the west-- are college graduates. Most lack proper medical training. WE WANT TO EDUCATE and TRAIN them. THIS WILL IMPROVE outcomes for children suffering from cancer in Iraq.
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Raised by 46 people in 12 months
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Amazing project!

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Robert Markey
12 months ago

This is a wonderful project - sorry it's taken me so long to donate.

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