Funding IPONET

The Problem

  • More than 50% of pediatric malignancies in Iraq are treated in Baghdad, most of them in our small oncology unit at CWTH;

  • Nurses are a critical part of oncology care; experts say 80% of patient care is provided by nurses;

  • Only 25% of CWTH nurses are college graduates; most have only a secondary school education. They did not received basic education or training in nursing and medical fundamentals before they arrived, at the hospital and many lack proficiency in English, the official language of medicine.

CWTH nurses cannot benefit from traditional training opportunities because of the enormous gap in education, training and on-the-job experiences. And it is nearly impossible to attract nurse educators/trainers to Baghdad because of security reasons.

Our Solution

Working in collaboration with King Hussein Cancer Hospital Training Center we have developed a 4-week training and education program specifically designed to meet the needs of the nurses working at CWTH in Baghdad.

How you can help, one nurse at a time ($/nurse):

  • Support one week of education/training - $1200.00

  • Support four weeks of education/training - $4750.00

  • Support travel expenses RT Baghdad to Amman - $500.00

  • Support living expenses - $16/day, $112/wk. - $500.00/mo.

IPONET is a project of the Iraqi Children's Art Exchange, under the fiscal sponsorship of Trusteeship Institute, a 501©3 non-profit organization.

Checks should be written to Trusteeship Institute, Inc. with Iraqi Children's Art Exchange (ICAE) written in the memo line of your check and sent to:

Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange
40 Valley Street
Northampton, MA 01060