IPONET was initiated in December 2015 as a project of Baghdad Resolve: An International Collaboration to Improve Cancer Care in Iraq.
What does it mean to save the life of a child suffering from cancer in a country that has become used to losing many healthy citizens each day? Sometimes we ask ourselves this question, then we are reminded of the ancient saying “... if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.”
Dr. Mazin Al-Jadiry
Do you know that more than 50% of pediatric malignancies in Iraq are treated in Baghdad? And most of them are treated in a small unit in Children Welfare Teaching Hospital in Medical City. We provide oncology care for more patients than King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in neighboring Jordan and more than Boston Children’s Hospital after one adjusts for age and type of malignancies. And we care for them with significantly less medical, financial and human resources.
The primary goal of IPONET is to improve and expand the capacity of nurses working on the pediatric oncology unit at CWTH. Our objective is to achieve the Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing Care in Low to Middle Income Countries; as recommended by SIOP (International Society of Pediatric Oncology) PODC (Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries) Nursing Working Group.
We expect to achieve our goal by adopting a holistic and non-traditional , site-specific approach. Education and training for nurses will be developed with support from international partners and implemented in consideration of the specific challenges—historic, institutional, cultural, personal, social and economic—that impact the ability of nurses at CWTH to be competent, professional, efficient and up-to-date as well as caring and compassionate in an exhaustive setting.We chose to focus on nursing because we know nurses are a critical part of oncology care; experts say that 80% of patient care is provided by nurses.