Healing Iraq One Book at a Time: Medical Texts and Periodical Donations to Iraqi Healthcare Professionals

CPT Eileen Gillespie, RN

Disclosures

Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2008;8(3) 

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Conclusion

We are making great strides here as lives are slowly returning to a semblance of normalcy. Facilitating cooperation, collaboration, and understanding between cultures is a complicated and difficult endeavor in the best of times; when violence and war are thrown into the mix, the difficulties increase exponentially. Programs such as the healthcare book donation project are small stepping stones to a new Iraq. Ordinary Americans are shaping extraordinary gains all over Iraq simply by making the commitment to donate a few hours to get involved in the myriad of humanitarian assistance efforts currently operating and so desperately needed here in Iraq. By donating journals and books that are piling up at home and in the office, those of us in the healthcare community have great potential to effect change in Iraq and to help end some of the suffering.

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