2020 Medical Equipment to Sinjar Hospital

Medical equipment for Sinjar Hospital: 2nd October 2020

Thank you Dr Hussein Nasser Ra Sho for organising collection of the medical equipment from our shipping container in Duhok, Kurdistan and distribution to Sinjar hospital in Northern Iraq

Thank you to the philanthropic group in Sydney (who wish to remain anonymous) for their kind donation of the new equipment:

1 x oxygen concentrator

1 x oxygen filling station/compressor

2 x oxygen analysers

1 x oxygen cylinder

Thank you to Thomas Rabbitt and other Biomedical staff at John Hunter Hospital here in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia for the donation of medical equipment:

Stethoscope

Defibrillator

Paediatric Ventilator

Thank You to all those who donated financially to our 40ft Shipping Container Project. We rely on generous donations to fund our projects.

Thank you Hameed Fattah and Dr Hivan Sarbast from the Directorate of Health in Duhok, Kurdistan for your continued assistance in the distribution process.

#MedicalEquipment #SavingLives #Refugees #InternallyDisplacedPeople #SinjarHospital

2020 Medical Journals to College of Medicine in Mosul

More distribution from our 40ft shipping container on 30 September, 2020 in Duhok.

One of our Directors Dr Abdulrazak Barazi kindly donated medical books and journals.

Over the years and particularly in 2016 and 2017, Mosul was attacked by ISIS resulting in the destruction of many hospitals, schools and universities. Even today, doctors are providing medical assistance out of small caravans.

The donated books are going to the School of Medicine in Mosul.

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the cost of the Shipping Container Project. We are totally reliant on generous donations to implement the projects of Operation Hope.

Thank you Dr Abdul for your generous donation

Thank you to Dr Zaid (Dr Abdul’s nephew) who will ensure transport of the books from Duhok to the School of Medicine in Mosul, Northern Iraq.

Thank you to Hameed Fattah at Directorate of Health for assisting in Distribution

#Education #MedicalStudents #ResourcingMosul

2020 Women’s Health Kits for Refugees and Internally Displaced Women

Our shipping container arrived safely in Duhok on Sunday 27 September 2020. It was delivered to the Directorate of Health Warehouse complex in Duhok, Kurdistan.

Unpacking of the Shipping container started on Tuesday 29 September, 2020.

Vian Ahmed, Project Manager of NGO “The Lotus Flower collected 2,913 x Women’s Health kits.

The kits will be distributed through Women’s Health Workshops at Women’s Centres in 3 Refugee camps in the Duhok province.

Each Women’s Health Workshop will have about 30 women and girls participating – so it will take something like 166 workshops to completely distribute the 5,000 kits we have now shipped to Kurdistan.

See photo (below) of the training courses currently being undertaken by all of the presenters who will conduct the Women’s Health Workshops. These women are chosen because of their leadership skills and most are women who were in ISIS captivity. They include widows with children and young single women.

See photos (below) showing collection of 88 bags containing 2,913 x Women’s Health Kits on Tuesday 29 September 2020 by Vian Ahmed for delivery to the camps in readiness for the Women’s Health Workshops to commence December 2020.

Thank you to each person who donated financially towards the cost of our shipping container project which has assisted thousands of Refugees and Internally Displaced people. The projects of Operation Hope Australia Ltd are totally reliant on your generous donations.

Thank you to “Days for girls” chapters in New South Wales and Queensland in Australia who made and supplied the kits for free.

Thank you Vian Ahmed and the team at “The Lotus Flower” for training presenters and implementing Womens Health Workshops across 3 Refugee camps in the Duhok province in Kurdistan.

Thank you to the staff at the Directorate of Health in Duhok for assisting with distribution of items in the container.

#Independance #Dignity #Confidence #RefugeeWomen #InternallyDisplacedWomen

2020 Start a Heart – Funded

14 September, 2020 Update: New hard paddles for defibrillators donated.

We are very grateful to STRYKER, a medical supply company in Sydney who have donated 5 brand new hard paddles for the 5 Defibrillators that were donated from Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney.

The defibrillators are in the shipping container that is expected to arrive in Kurdistan in a few weeks time.

STRYKER organised import of the new hard paddles and they were given to me recently by their representative Cate Ayers. We are so thankful for their generosity – retail price for the 5 hard paddles is $A3,730.

My job is now to get the hard paddles freighted to Kurdistan so that they can be distributed along with the defibrillaters.

If you would like to contribute to the cost of freight please go to our home page and simply click the DONATE button.

Thank you.

2020 Medical Equipment on its way to Sinjar Hospital

We have been given donations of medical equipment by generous Donors that will be delivered to Sinjar Hospital in Northern Iraq. The equipment is packed into our shipping container heading for Kurdistan right now.

History of the Sinjar Region and Yazidi people:

Sinjar has been the centre of the homeland for Yazidi (religious minority) people for generations. Sinjar is the city that was decimated by ISIS/Daesh on 3 August, 2014. On that day, thousands of Yazidi people fled their homes up onto Mt Sinjar to escape ISIS. It is believed that approximately 10,000+ Yazidi men, boys and old people were killed. Others perished on the mountain in the summer heat, in many cases because they had fled without water and food. About 5,000 women and girls were kidnapped by ISIS and have been held in captivity and sold many times as sex slaves in markets. There are still over 2,000 women and girls missing – either still in captivity of ISIS or killed and missing. Further atrocities were committed on 15 August 2014, in the village of Kojo/Cujo/Cujoo with 1,826 residents. ISIS separated the men from the women and all the men (except one young man who pretended to be dead from the shots he received) were killed and over 1,000 Yazidi women and children were kidnapped. Some of these women and girls are still in the hands of ISIS, some have been rescued by relatives paying a ransom to ISIS, some are still in captivity in refugee camps in Syria and some were beheaded by ISIS only last year.

Shortly after this genocide, 300,000+ Yazidi people fled into Syria and Kurdistan seeking refuge. They were placed into refugee camps in Kurdistan and have lived in the tents in these huge camps in shocking conditions for the past 6 years. Summer temperatures reach over 45 degrees and in the tents over 50 degrees. Winter brings chilling winds, rain in huge amounts that cause flooding of the tents and snow that has brought down roofing and buildings in the camps.

Since July 2020 close to 10,000 Yazidi’s have returned to Sinjar to try and rebuild their lives, their homes, their schools, their shops and employment opportunities. They are seeking response and assistance from the Iraqi government to acknowledge this genocide and assist in the rebuilding of Sinjar.

Sinjar Hospital:

The hospital in Sinjar is a small 10 bed hospital with very little medical equipment. The needs are immense especially during this period of COVID-19. Last year, Kim and I took a new oxygen concentrator in our luggage to Kurdistan which was then transported to Sinjar hospital. Also a transportable oxygen concentrator for the ambulance was donated by a Doctor in Germany. These were the first oxygen concentrators given to the hospital and ambulance. Prior to our donation, patients had to be transported on a 6 hour journey in the one ambulance to a hospital in Mosul – many patients did not survive the journey.

Medical Equipment Donations for Sinjar Hospital:

Our Yazidi Doctor friend Dr Hussein had given us a list of medical items that are required by Sinjar hospital. Dr Hussein then updated me with the urgent request for oxygen.

Shortly after this request an anonymous donor made the offer to supply Sinjar hospital with the following new medical equipment:

  • 1 x 10 litre Oxygen concentrator
  • 1 x Oxygen Filling Station
  • 1 x Oxygen cylinder
  • Spare parts and Oxygen Analysers

Together these items ensure that oxygen can be on hand on a continual basis for use in the hospital.

We have also been able to pack into our shipping container a donated Defibrillator, a Paediatric Ventilator, a stethoscope and 680 x Masks for Sinjar hospital.

Our Heartfelt thanks to:

We give thanks for the very generous donation of new medical equipment from our private donor in Australia

We acknowledge and thank Alethea Gold, Australian Ambassador for NGO smartAID for connecting us with the donor.

We thank John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Australia (through their biomedical department) for the donation of medical equipment and a private donor from Melbourne for the masks. JHH supplied many items for our last shipping container and we truly appreciate their support for our ongoing projects.

#MeetingMedicalNeeds #SupplyingLifesavingOxygen #ThankYouToOurDonors #OfferingLifetoRefugees #GivingHope

2020 Shipping Container Project

All finished – feeling very happy as we close the door on the shipping container.

The 40 ft container was collected earlier this week and it will be shipped from Botany Bay in Sydney early next week.

Arrival is expected into Duhok, Kurdistan by mid September.

The value of the medical equipment (replaced as new) is $A1.7 million Australian dollars.

Contents will be distributed as follows:

  • Medical equipment to Directorate of Health, Duhok for distribution into their 11 hospitals in the Duhok province. Duhok Province was chosen because it houses the most Refugeees and Internally Displaced People in Kurdistan.
  • Medical books and Journals to The College of Medicine in Mosul.
  • 2,913 x “Womens Health Kits” to NGO The Lotus Flower. The kits will be distributed during Womens Health Workshops in 3 Refugee camps where The Lotus flower have women’s centres. Beneficiaries will be women and girls from the camps.
  • Medical equipment donated specifically for use in Sinjar Hospital. Sinjar is the city in Iraq where ISIS committed genocide of the Yazidi people in 2014. The displaced Yazidi’s fled to Kurdistan and have been living in refugee camps for 6 years.

From the photos attached (below) you can see that many people from many organisations from many towns were involved in donating the medical equipment, donating medical books and journals, making the women’s health kits, donating financially and either collecting/delivering the items. Thank you to everyone who helped out in some way – it truly has been a team effort.

If you would like to contribute to the outstanding shipping costs and transportation then we would love to receive your contributions:

  1. Go to our webpage: www.operationhopeaustralia.com and hit the DONATE button OR
  2. Make a deposit to our Australian Bank Account as follows: Account Name: Operation Hope Australia Pty Ltd BSB: 034 087 Account Number: 045791 Bank & Branch:Westpac Banking Corporation, Sherwood Branch, Queensland, Australia.