Shipping Container to Kurdistan

Project Update:

There has been significant progress in filling the 40ft Container with Medical equipment and Women’s Health kits. We hope to have the container on the sea in July heading to Kurdistan. The medical equipment will be distributed throughout hospitals in the Duhok province. The equipment will assist Kurdish residents, Syrian Refugees and Yazidi Displaced people seeking surgery or treatment. The Women’s Health kits will be distributed to women and girls in 3 Refugee Camps by NGO The Lotus Flower. See contents list of shipping container at the end of this report.

We need your help with financial donations:

Due to COVID restrictions our fundraising opportunities have significantly declined. 

Can you help by making a donation to assist in the shipping costs to get the equipment and health kits into Kurdistan?

Donations can be made as follows:

  1. Go to the home page of this website and click the DONATE button
  2. Make a deposit online or at any Westpac Bank as follows: Account Name: Operation Hope Australia Ltd BSB number : 034 087 Account Number: 04 5791
  3. Make a deposit from overseas using IBAN SWIFT Code: WPACAU2S for Westpac Banking Corporation, Sherwood Branch, Queensland.

Donations are tax deductible

Contents of shipping container include:

  • 3 x Hospital Beds
  • 2 x Theatre microscopes
  • 2 x I Beds for Theatre Patients
  • 1 x Baby hospital crib
  • 1 x Infant intensive care unit
  • 1 x transportable humidicrib
  • 1 x physiotherapy unit to assist in Orthopaedic surgery
  • 5 x anaesthetic machines
  • wheelchairs – both for infant and adults and 1 electric
  • 56 x Intravenous Pumps with hundreds of consumables
  • 5 Defibrillators
  • 1 x ECG
  • 6 x Patient monitors
  • Standup Patient mover
  • IV stands
  • Blood fridge
  • 8 x Video Otoscopes
  • 1 x Oxygen Concentrator
  • 2 x Display monitors for theatre
  • 1 x emergency ventilator
  • 1 x Tourniquet inflater and cuffs
  • single use Resuscitator sets
  • walking and mobility aides
  • 2,745 x Women’s Hygiene kits for disribution in an education program in 3 refugee camps
  • Medical books and journals for the College of Medicine in Mosul
  • Medical equipment for Sinjar hospital in Iraq

Start a Heart

Donate to “START A HEART”

6 Defibrillators have been donated from Westmead Hospital in Sydney to go in our shipping container to hospitals in Duhok province, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq.

For the defibrillators to Start a Heart we need to buy disposable defibrillator electrodes (see photo below).

Each single use electrode costs $60. (vs $1400 for multiple use paddles)

Can you help us out by donating to buy 1 x Defibrillator electrode to START A HEART?

ABC News Article

ABC journalist Matthew Bedford has written an article about our 2nd Shipping Container project. Click the link below to go straight to the article on ABC news.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-17/old-humidicribs-from-regional-nsw-hospitals-sent-to-iraq/11692658?pfmredir=sm

We are collecting medical equipment that will be delivered to the Department of Health in Duhok, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq and be distributed through their hospitals in the Duhok Province.

The DOH hospitals provide medical service for all the Kurdish residents and the many thousands of refugees and IDPs living in the camps in the Duhok Province.

We are very grateful to the hospitals that are providing the equipment – Dubbo Private Hospital, Foster Private Hospital, Maitland Private Hospital and Toronto Private Hospital.

Funding is still required to cover the transport costs of the shipping container from Botany Bay, to Mersin, Turkey then overland into Duhok, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq.

If you are able to help out, simply click the DONATE button on this website.

Thank you for your support.

Journey to Kurdistan – Finally Complete

It has taken a long 13 months. Starting with a generous donation of money, then the offer of a steriliser and neo-natal resuscitation unit from Narribri hospital, in New South Wales, which fitted into a 6×4 trailer, the project has grown to encompass over 9 tonnes of medical equipment and humanitarian aid, and a 40 ft shipping container.

The last month has been the longest. Shipping began with transfer of the container to Port Botany in Sydney from the warehouse in Newcastle, then the generous donation of the shipping cost took it to Mersin, in Turkey. Overland transport to the Kurdish Iraq border where it stopped for 3 weeks waiting for clearance to enter Iraq. Then to a customs warehouse for inspection of the contents, so the container was emptied, and more paperwork was prepared for customs clearance. Several errors meant this had to be repeated twice, with delays each time. And still, the container was not released.

We arrived here 3 days ago to be told there were not 6 Infant Incubators, but 9 of them, so three were not listed. On the second visit to the customs centre we found this was NOT the case, but the problem was with 3 incorrect serial numbers on the incubators … then the first one we inspected had the correct serial number !! The next 2 were wrong – my mistake: I remember writing them down one night when they were in the garage without my glasses. Lesson: wear you glasses!

We have had immense assistance from a range of people to help solve the import problems. Majeed Shukrey and Alan Diyar has been totally committed to getting the container through. Alan has shuttled us around Duhok, translated at customs and took us to Erbil to have a 5 minute meeting with the head of the Kurdistan Medical Control Agency to fix the problem with the serial numbers. The Turkish truck driver has been away from his family for nearly 5 weeks.

It was released from customs on Sunday 3 March at 5pm and an hour later it arrived at Bajed Kandala Camp 2 and we could finally record it arriving as night fell.

After 13 months, the container finally arrives

Journey to Kurdistan

Kim Henley and I are counting down the sleeps until we fly out from Sydney to Erbil, Kurdistan in Northern Iraq…..3 1 more sleeps!
Although we will be based in the city of Duhok, we will travel each day to Bajed Kandala 2 camp (located 20kms east of the Syrian border) and work with NGO Joint Help for Kurdistan. We will be unpacking the 40ft shipping container and helping with distribution of the contents to hospitals in Kurdistan and the families in Bajed Kandala 2 camp.

Attached are some photos of the contents of the 40 ft shipping container – currently sitting in a customs warehouse near Duhok…….we are hoping that these contents will be repacked into the shipping container and be transported into the camp in the next day or two.

Special thanks to Majeed Shukrey and Alan Diyar, in Kurdistan, who are helping us with the shipping container project – we could not do succeed without your help.

See you soon dear friends

FULLY FUNDED: 2 x Oxygen Concentrators for Sinjar Hospital

FANTASTIC NEWS TO SHARE: 25 January, 2019
1. A mobile oxygen concentrator has been donated to Sinjar hospital by a Doctor in Germany – thank you Dr Andreas Gammel. Thank you also to Franz Josef Hoellwarth from Austria, who responded to my urgent request by communicating the need to Dr A. Gammel. Also many thanks Franz for your continuing tireless efforts for the refugees and IDPs in Northern Iraq.
2. Funds have been raised here in Australia to purchase a oxygen concentrator for the Sinjar hospital. Thank you to all the generous donors here in Australia. Special thanks also to Danny Chard from Vital Resus in Newcastle for his generous discounted price.
Both oxygen concentrators will be delivered and in use by March.
Have a beautiful weekend my friends – wherever you are in this incredible world.

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19 January, 2018

Kim and I are travelling to Kurdistan in February, 2019 to help unpack and distribute the contents of the 40ft shipping container we sent at the end of 2018.   I will be coordinating women’s health workshops for 1,300+ women and girls at the Bajed Kandala 2 camp.

I have received an urgent request from Dr Hussein Nasser Ra Sho who works in Sinjar. The Sinjar hospital suffered damage from direct air strikes in 2014 which destroyed 90% of the hospital.  The hospital has not been rebuilt and now Dr Hussein works in the emergency department which has been relocated to what was a previously a primary care medical centre.  It is a small 4 bed facility with another 6 beds for critically ill patients.  They have very little in the way of basic medical equipment. Last year a woman died in childbirth , small premmie babies have died being transported from this facility to hospitals in Mosul, seeking medical help.

Dr Hussein needs an oxgyen concentrator for the emergency department and one for the ambulance.  These are vital pieces of medical equipment that will save lives – from small babies through to the elderly.

When Kim and I travel to Kurdistan we will be able to take the two oxygen concentrators in our luggage and personally deliver to Dr Hussein.  So the challenge is on to raise $4,100 to enable the purchase here in Newcastle in the next few weeks.

Can you help us save the lives of Ezidi people living in terrible conditions in the ruins of Sinjar?  Every donation will help us reach our target in this life saving project.

Donations can be made:

  1. By deposit through any Australian bank or online banking to the account of Operation Hope Australia Ltd.  BSB: 034087  Account Number: 04 5791                         For overseas donors use SWIFT/IBAN Number: WPACAU2S
  2. By paypal or credit card via our webpage: operationhopeaustralia.com               Simply press the donate button
  3. By cheque F/- Operation Hope Australia Ltd.  Mail to 47 Coal Point Rd, Coal Point, New South Wales  2283  Australia

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Further information or enquires can be made to Erica Henley, Chairwoman of Operation Hope Australia Ltd +61 2 409 505 945 or operationhopeaust@bigpond.com