UW group donates medical books to Iraqi medical colleges
UW health sciences faculty and students have donated more than 1,400 current medical books to the University of Basra and other Iraqi medical colleges.
Medical, nursing, public health, and environmental health books were collected at UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Public Health-Seattle and King County in January and February. The books were shipped to colleagues at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical School for consolidation and shipment to Iraq this week.
The idea for the book drive came out of discussions among faculty and students after the School of Public Health's April 2003 forum, War and Public Health. Forum participants wanted to help Iraqis in a meaningful way, said Amy Hagopian, associate director, Program for Healthy Communities, and assistant professor of health services.
Over the past 18 months, a sister university relationship has developed between the UW and the University of Basra. In addition to the book drive in February, the UW hosted Jenan Hassan, a pediatric oncologist from the University of Basra, to speak at the Western Regional International Health Conference.
Hagopian can be reached at 206-616-4989, firstname.lastname@example.org