Load of medication valued more than 25 million USD saves many refugee lives in Iraqi Kurdistan
25 October 2016 as much of Europe enjoys the scent of fall in the air, Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF) ships another full load of much needed medication valued at more than 25 million US dollars to the refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan.
As the medications leave the port in a refrigerated container in Amsterdam it will take another ten long days before the refugees will receive these supplies. Among the medications shipped today is the drug Impavido, an impressive drug which cures 90% of the life-threatening disease Leishmaniasis. This flesh eating disease, also known as “Baghdad Boils” is relentless in its attack on an individual’s body and without the drug, not only will people suffer, but they may also lose limbs, or worse their lives.
This latest shipment of medical drugs is the seventh shipment BHHF has provided to refugees in Kurdistan in the last year and a half. Without BHHF’s close collaboration with other international organizations such as HRIF (the Netherlands), IHP (UK), HPIC (Canada) and the Health Ministry in Kurdistan this shipment and those before it would never have been possible putting thousands of people at risk.
These people, the most vulnerable in society, have already withstood war, conflagration, hunger and starvation and so many unspeakable acts, so without the intervention and assistance these collaborating humanitarian agencies have provided they would also be prone to experiencing serious medical conditions, some life-threatening – like Leishmaniasis – without any help or hope and nowhere to turn for it.
Medications were not the only items shipped today, hospital beds and mattresses were loaded and shipped along with them. BHHF and its collaborators’ provide continuous aid to these refugees, people who have been victims of unwanted war and its vagaries.