On the morning of December 26, 2003, a
massive earthquake leveled the ancient city of Bam, Iran. Over 30,000 people
were killed as once-vibrant neighborhoods suddenly fell to rubble. Nearly
the entire infrastructure of the region, including roads, schools and hospitals,
was destroyed or severely damaged. The health system was completely decimated:
122 clinics, hospitals and health houses were reduced to piles of rock
Instantly, more than 150,000 Iranians'
lives changed forever.
Within hours of the devastating earthquake,