My Child Matters Award
“The process of proposal review and select was highly competitive, as we received a large umber of applications. Your project seems poised to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer.”
Launch of IPONET
We commissioned artist Nihad Dukhan, http://ndukhan.com to create this calligraphy for our new project IPONET, asking him to combine Baghdad Resolve with a phrase that staff at CWTH agreed summed up our sentiments: A tree begins with a seed. His worked with this idea in mind: Baghdad Resolved - Baghdad is waking/getting up (from sitting or sleeping or defeat and destruction and rubbles), beginning the process of standing and re-growing, recollecting, shedding off problems.
Baghdad to Bach
September 18, 2015: Dr. Mazin was with us in person for our second concert of music performed by Peter Blanchette with spoken words from and on behalf of Iraq and Iraqis.
We were joined by the Clarinet Workshop, composed of students from the Northampton Community Music Center. Their coach/teacher MaryEllen Miller got involved in ICAE in 2009 when she had her sixth-grade students "sound" an Iraqi mural hanging at the Smith College Campus School.
Let Me Tell You About Baghdad
September 17, 2015 - An informal talk with Dr. Mazin Al-Jadiry and Claudia Lefko in conjunction with the exhibit Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.
The Hampshire College Art Gallery is hosting the traveling exhibition, Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, through September 30, 2015. The exhibition of 100 rare artists books, prints, and broadsides was created in response to the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad in March 2007. The diverse group of artists from Europe, North American and the Middle East reveal a wide range of creative responses to the event. Al Mutanabbi Street, named after the Iraqi 10th century poet, had been the center of literary, intellectual and cultural life in Baghdad for centuries.
Photos by Ellen Augarten
The Baghdad team in Istambul
The medical team with Kathy in her office
Having the Iraqi delegation in the US, working with and under the joint sponsorship of Kathy Houlahan and Claudia Lefko, director of ICAE brought the visit into the framework of Baghdad Resolve.
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
December 2014: Dr. Mazin invited to testify at Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington D.C.
(L-R) Leslie Lehman, Congressman Jim McGovern, co-Chair TLHRC, Kathy Houlahan and Claudia Lefko in Congressional Hearing Rm.
Dr. Mazin Al-Jadiry was invited to speak at a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) in Washington DC. This is the human rights arm of the US Congress; their mission “... is to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms in a nonpartisan manner, both within and outside of Congress, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights instruments.”
At the last minute, Dr. Mazin could not attend the meeting because his father fell critically ill in Baghdad; Dr. Leslie Lehman, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, read his testimony, Health in the Context of Human Rights in Iraq, into the record.
Dr. Mazin offered a personal and pfessional view from inside the country. A narrative of the enormous challenges doctors and nurses face working to improve overall health, defined by WHO as "...a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity..." in Iraq, a country whose population is physically, mentally, socially and emotionally depleted by twenty-four years of war, economic sanctions, more war and a state of continuous instability and chaos.
The consensus Human Rights document adopted in 1948 has no binding authority. Health as a human right is being framed in more recent years by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Together, these documents broaden the concept and definition of health by including what has come to be known as the social determinants of health, focusing attention on the impact of housing, education, food security and employment.
What we need to improve Health, to claim health as a human right in Iraq is long-term stability. This would enable our government to direct adequate and necessary financial resources to critical human needs and would enable health care providers to develop and take advantage of more international collaborations to improve our capacity to deliver quality health care to Iraqis.
Dr. Mazin Al-Jadiry, conclusion of testimony by Dr. Mazin to TLHRC
Providing Cancer Care in Challenging Circumstances: Stories from a Baghdad Hospital
Dr. Mazin talks at Harvard Medical School
Bach to Baghdad
A musical interlude connecting people across language, culture and politics
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
33 Hawley Street, Northampton
Bach to Baghdad is a musical interlude and humanitarian intervention. A respite, creating time and a space for reflection and communication between east and west. Baghdad and cities and towns in the US and Europe.
2013 Visit of Experts
Working through the Ministry of Health and the administration at Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital, Dr. Mazin Al-Jadiry and Dr. Salma Al-Haddad invited a team from La Sapienza University in Rome Italy, and from Harvard University, Dana-Farber Children's Hospital Cancer Center in Boston, Massachusetts to Baghdad for a week of lectures, observations, trainings, consultations, strategizing and team building. It was the first international team invited to Medical City in two decades.