Project Update:

Wednesday 16 September: Shipping container has arrived safely into the Port of Mersin, Turkey. Thank you to Mark Patterson, Director of SEATRAM in Western Australia, for their excellent work organising the transport from Botany Bay to Mersin. Watch this space for next update on the journey to Duhok, Kurdistan.

20 July 2020. All finished – feeling very happy as we close the door on the shipping container.The shipping container was collected this morning and it will be shipped from Botany Bay in Sydney early next week. Arrival is expected into Duhok, Kurdistan mid September. The estimated value of the medical equipment (replaced as new) is $A1.7 million Australian dollars.

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

Update Monday 30 March, 2020

Shipping Container Project update:
We are continuing to collect donated medical equipment and packing into our shipping container heading to Kurdistan.

I am constantly reminded of the shocking living conditions of refugees and internally displaced people around the world.

In the last month a widow with 4 children lost her home (tent) in a fire in a camp, snow fell so heavily that structures (roof structure over playground and medical centre) fell under the weight of the snow, rain was so heavy that 150 families lost their tents in a flood – washed away from the camp.

Through our shipping container project, Operation Hope Australia is bringing relief for 5,000+ women and girls with the supply of Women’s health kits – ensuring health education, bringing dignity, independence and hope back into their lives.

The medical equipment will be put into use in hospitals in the Duhok province – the province with the largest number of refugee camps, refugees and internally displaced people in Kurdistan. As well as the kurdish residents, refugees and IDPs -many of whom require surgery or treatment – will benefit from the donated equipment.

The donated medical equipment includes:

4 Anaesthetic machines, 2 x I beds for theatre, 2 x theatre microscopes, blood fridge, physiotherapy equipment for orthopaedic surgery, hospital infant cot, hospital beds, 1 x oxylog ventilator, 60+ infusion pumps, 6 x defibrillators, 2 x huge patient monitors, ECG, Transportable infant incubator, infant warmer/resusitare unit, IV stands, surgical instruments, wheelchairs and crutches.

This has been kindly donated by Westmead Children’s hospital in Sydney, Dubbo Private hospital, Maitland Private Hospital and Toronto Private Hospital . We are still to collect donations of equipment from St Vincents Hospital in Sydney and Lingard hospital in Newcastle.

The medical equipment we have been donated is not useable in Australian Hospitals – in fact we have been asked to collect it urgently so that the hospitals have storage space for the incoming PPE gear and ventilators.

We would love your help – unfortunately at the moment we cannot allow any volunteers to work together on the equipment – packing, weighing, labelling and entering into the massive data base.

If you can assist with a financial donation – however small that would be so helpful. We still have to meet the shipping/freight costs and each time we hire a truck to collect the equipment there is the hire fee and petrol to pay.
Donations can be made to:

Account Name: Operation Hope Australia Ltd
BSB: 034 087
Account Number: 04 5791
online through the DONATE button on our webpage:

All donations greater than $2 are eligible for tax deductibility

November 2019:

Two anesthetic machines with a new value of $110,000 each have been offered to me by Toronto Private Hospital. How could I say no? A couple of phone calls later and Dubbo Private Hospital had offered an infant incubator and baby warmer/neonatal resuscitation unit.

  • 20 beds and 15 mattresses have been offered by Foster Private Hospital.
  • A friend in Armidale is sourcing equipment through colleagues in the medical industry.

These donations alone will half-fill a 40 ft shipping container.

Scope of the Shipping Project

This shipping container will be focused on the supply of medical equipment. There are several reasons for this;

  • Medical equipment is high value and the benefit to the people of Kurdistan including Internally Displaced People (mostly Ezidi) and Refugees, through this life saving equipment is large.
  • The inventory management of a smaller number of items will be less time consuming.
  • Transport and preparation for shipping of a smaller number of items will be a lot easier.

A shipping container will be purchased for a one-way shipment and laid down at a site new Newcastle. Donated equipment will be placed directly into the container for storage and ready for shipping, rather than stored in a warehouse to await shipping.

Operation Hope will liaise directly with the Duhok Regional Government, Iraq, Directorate of Health (DOH) to ensure the equipment is provided to the hospitals that have the greatest need. We also expect that by consigning the shipment to the DOH, the importing of the equipment through customs will be easier than the first shipment.

Significant funds are required for the project. The first shipment cost Operation Hope $25,000, excluding the shipping from Sydney to Turkey, which was donated by SEATRAM.

Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause.

If you have any medical equipment you would like to donate, please contact Erica.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible