Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Project Status

I yet live.

Spammers have been dropping pseudocomments on the most recent post, with links back to their own commercial sites, so I have disabled comments for non-members, me being the only member.

I can be reached via the contact info at the top of the page.

The Mosul Chemotherapy Project is inactive until further notice. My contacts at Mosul Oncology and Nuclear Medicine Hospital informed me some time ago that supplies arriving through normal Iraqi channels (Ministry of Health, Kimadia, etc) have improved to the point that costs and risks associated with shipments delivered by this project are no longer justified. I will continue to monitor the situation intermittently as best I can (reading news reports, occaisional phone calls to Mosul, etc.) and attempt to renew my efforts if asked.

I think I have mentioned before that I count as heroes all those who helped in this project. This includes Iraqi doctors, American personnel stationed near Mosul Airport, FedEx people who expedited shipments, pharmacists who dispatched the many difficult shipments, folks who chipped in to help pay for them, etc. In most cases I have not mentioned their names to avoid exposing folks in Mosul to added risk and out of respect for their privacy. One guy, Brad Blauser, a civilian contractor, took the "hero" thing so far in so many ways that others noticed and he wound up on nationwide TV when CNN gave recognition to a "Heroes Top Ten" recently (YouTube CNN video). Check out the big grin on Brad's face in Brad's own video as he helps a disabled Iraqi kid who's just received a fancy pediatric wheelchair due in large part to Brad's efforts. I have never met the folks I've worked with in this project face-to-face, and probably never will, but I've sensed in them the same kind of satisfaction at doing something helpful and worthwhile that you can see on Brad's face. I am enormously grateful to have had the chance to work with them.