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:
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.
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:
Go to the home page of this website and click the DONATE button
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
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
1 x ECG
6 x Patient monitors
Standup Patient mover
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
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.
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.