We have teamed up with the Fallujah Women and Children’s Hospital to deliver critical medical equipment and critical training that will keep as many newborn children alive and healthy as possible. As we gather funding for this project, and establish channels for delivery, we are also supporting advocacy and research to understand the chemical causes of this health crisis and prevent further practices and policies that have generated one of the world’s worst man-made health disasters.
The Preliminary Equipment List:
Blood Gas Analyzer: cost – $ 50,594
Allows doctors to measure blood pH, CO2, O2, electrolytes, Lactate, Glucose, SO2, Total Hemoglobin, Oxyhemoglobin, Deoxyhemoglobin, Carboxyhemoglobin, and Methemoglobin. This information is crucial to diagnosis of cardio-pulmonary disorders, environmental exposure to toxins, organ failure, sepsis, and metabolic dysfunction. It is critical equipment for neonatal treatment and will be used in a clinic of 250-500 newborn and child patients at a rate of 30+ test samples per day.
Neonatal Ventilator: cost – $49,000
This is a versatile machine that provides artificial breathing to newborn infants with respiratory failure. It keeps babies alive in critical care situations by ensuring optimal blood gas levels (as established through BGA analysis) and reducing the metabolic strain on a newborn’s fragile system.
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine: cost – $9,225
A simple, portable machine designed to help an infant breathe by applying a constant positive pressure to nasal airways. This machine is designed to prevent airway collapse in infants born prematurely.
Ultrasonic Nebulizer: cost – $500
A device designed to deliver medication to the lungs in the form of inhaled mist.
We need $109,319 total to purchase this equipment.
Why is this equipment necessary? – The US assault on Fallujah
Fallujah took center stage during the occupation of Iraq. In 2004, occupation forces launched two major sieges against the city and its residents in order to “pacify” resistance in the city. Thousands of civilians were killed, hundreds of thousands were displaced, large portions of the city were completely destroyed. The Fallujah General Hospital was itself the target of military violence. Under siege by the US military for several days, ambulances were not allowed in or out, doctors were detained, and many patients died.
The weapons used during these assaults are likely the cause of a devastating public health crisis. At present 14% of all children born in Fallujah are born with birth defects. The cancer rates in children are 12 times higher than what should be expected in a healthy population. Click here to read the research that has been conducted on the Iraq health crisis.
These rates are so high that some medical researchers compare the health fallout in Fallujah with that of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped. Children in Fallujah are being born with exposed spinal cords, missing or deformed limbs, scaly skin, protruding tumors, and defects that the doctors do not even have names for. Click here to see images of newborns at the Fallujah hospitals.
The Fallujah Women and Children’s Hospital is at the heart of repair efforts for Iraqi society, starting with its children. The hospital has asked us to give reparations in the form of training and equipment, as well as advocacy and research. We need additional financial support to honor these requests.