Monday, November 24, 2003

Monday November 24, 2003 9:00 pm Baghdad time.

Today we visited the oncology department of the chief Children's hospital in Iraq. The staff gave us a very good overview of the way conditions worsened during the years of sanctions and what the current situation looks like today. Unfortunately they have not had any doctors to help out from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) or even volunteer doctors from the U.S. They have only had one doctor volunteer from Italy. They have seen about a 10% increase in medications but the conditions of the hospital, like most in Iraq, remains in dire straights. Our meeting on depleted uranium (DU) at the World Health Organization (WHO) office was postponed due to the start of holidays following Rammadan.

Today starts Eid, the most significant holiday on the Muslim calendar, and will go on through Friday. Lots of families are out visiting and I've been invited to one Kareem's home on Friday to eat with her family (see photo page). More soon.

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