Iraq

The World Health Organization of Jordan supports the King Hussein Cancer Foundation's Iraqi Goodwill Fund

HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) signed on July 14, 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dr. Hashim Elzein Elmousaad, Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Jordan. The purpose of the MOU is to support accessible adequate treatment for unprivileged displaced Iraqis suffering from Cancer at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), one of the most prominent comprehensive cancer centers in the region. WHO made a $200,000 donation to KHCF's Iraqi Goodwill Fund in order to alleviate financial burden for disadvantaged Iraqi cancer patients.

The KHCF Iraqi Goodwill Fund provides financial support to underprivileged cancer patients who are not covered by medical insurance. Since its inception in 2006, the Iraqi Goodwill Fund has aimed to bring financial relief to Iraqi cancer patients throughout Jordan. Between 2003 and 2007, the number of Iraqis reported with cancer to KHCC was 1,124. Currently, there are over 25 underprivileged Iraqis visiting KHCC each month seeking cancer treatment.

HRH Princess Dina Mired states 'This donation truly could not have come at a better time. There is an overwhelming number of Iraqis desperately seeking cancer treatment at the King Hussein Cancer Center. That is why we are so grateful for WHO's contribution which will enable us to help more Iraqi patients. Our mission at the King Hussein Cancer Foundation is to reach every case, every patient, and every family in need of cancer relief and we can only do that with the help of the community.'

In addition, WHO Representative Dr. Hashim Elzein Elmousaad mentioned that 'The Iraqi Goodwill Fund is a noble initiative from KHCF because it alleviates suffering of disadvantaged Iraqis who can not afford the high cost of cancer treatment'.

Plight of Iraqi cancer patients in Jordan was recently featured on CNN's Inside the Middle East segment, highlighting the high-risk situation of underprivileged Iraqi cancer patients. With the Iraqi Goodwill Fund, KHCF endeavors to help treat Iraqi patients who come to KHCC seeking much needed life-saving treatments.

For more information about KHCF, KHCC, or the Iraqi Goodwill Fund check out: www.khcf.jo or www.khcfusa.org

Established in 1997, the King Hussein Cancer Foundation is the legal umbrella organization responsible for the King Hussein Cancer Center, the Foundations medical arm. The Foundation is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization run by a Board of Trustees comprised of prominent volunteers and chaired by HRH Princess Ghida Talal.

In support of its mission, the Foundation carries out various fundraising activities to maintain the life-saving work of the Center. These donations and contributions are channelled towards upgrading the medical capacity of the Center by purchasing medical equipment and/or supporting medical programs, promoting early detection and awareness programs, as well as extending aid to cancer patients who are unable to cover the cost of cancer treatment.

KHCC is the first medical hospital in Jordan and the fourth in the region to be accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). It is also the only medical center in the region and only the sixth in the world, to achieve the new valuable accreditation as a "disease specific" Cancer Center from JCAHO. KHCC works to deliver the latest in comprehensive cancer care to patients keeping it at the forefront of both treatment and clinical research. KHCC also actively promotes awareness and educational programs in order to decrease mortality and alleviate suffering from cancer with the highest ethical standards and quality of care.

For further information kindly contact:

World Health Organization Office in Jordan
Tel: 5684651, Fax: 5667533
Mobile: 079 6330228
E-mail: naffas@jor.emro.who.int

Or The King Hussein Cancer Foundation Office
Tel: 5544960, Fax 5544962
Email: rawan.khoury@khcf.jo