Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, we initiated an appeal for Oxygen Concentrators in Iraq. The situation in Iraq was quite dire as many frontline workers including doctors and nurses were being exposed to the virus. Monetary aid in the amount of $15,000 had been sent over to the IMI Iraq Board of Directors to distribute amongst institutes that require it the most. Additionally, an initial shipment of 15,000 N95 Masks and other protective gear was sent out to help the healthcare workers.
IMI in conjunction with its collaborative partners, Lady Fatimah Charitable Trust, employed community women for the manufacturing of much-needed PPEs. The collaboration included the hiring of women, supplying materials and workspace, and subsequent manufacturing supplied 5000 kits to Iraq. The PPEs were delivered to Al-Kafeel Hospital this year. In cooperation with Lady Fatima Charitable Trust (LFCT), one of the main suppliers of medical PPE in Iraq, IMI has donated thousands of personal protective equipment (PPEs), masks, surgical gowns, and other supplies. These products are made locally by professional tailors (widowed mothers) who have been enrolled in a first-of-its-kind program in Iraq, called Mothernomics, where widowed mothers produce a wide variety of products ranging from medical protective wear to children's and women's clothing.