In 2003 at the request of the former First Lady Laura Bush, Project HOPE President and CEO Dr. John Howe visited health care facilities in Iraq to assess needs/requirements.

Construction on a modern, state-of-the-art, 94-bed pediatric referral hospital began in 2004 in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Opened in 2010, the Basrah Children's Hospital represents the first hospital constructed in Iraq since the 1980s and will provide Basrah and the southern governorates with high-impact children's health services with an oncology focus. Project HOPE has the responsibility for medically equipping the hospital and training the hospital staff.

This project visibly demonstrates our tenacity and commitment for the children of Iraq during a non-permissive security environment, when most NGOs have departed the country.


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