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WISH helps produce first Arabic manual for treating children injured in blasts

WISH helps produce first Arabic manual for treating children injured in blasts

Tribune News Network
Doha
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has published an Arabic version of a manual aimed at providing emergency care for children suffering from blast injuries.
The Arabic version of the ‘Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual’ was launched during the opening of a WISH-curated exhibition at Qatar Museum’s Fire Station on Tuesday, which is set to run until October 25.
The dignitaries in attendance of the opening event included HE Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Thani, director of public health at the Ministry of Public Health; HE Ajay Sharma, British ambassador to Qatar; HE Franck Gellet, French ambassador to Qatar; HE Pasquale Salzano, Italian ambassador to Qatar; HE Stefanie McCollum, Canadian ambassador to Qatar; and a high level representation from the Embassy of Iraq in Qatar.
Originally published in English by the UK-based ‘Save the Children’ charity, in collaboration with Imperial College London, in May 2019, the Arabic version was commissioned and printed by WISH, and was translated with the support of the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, a member of QF.
It is the first-ever field manual in Arabic specifically designed to support healthcare workers dealing with the significant injury suffered by children in conflict zones, as well children wounded in post-conflict areas where landmines are prevalent.
Syrian doctor Malik Nedam Aldeen, paediatrician and medical manager, Syria Relief; and British doctor Paul Reavley, co-chair of the Paediatric Blast Injury Partnership, who both worked on the guide, were present for the Arabic launch.
Over the coming weeks, Save the Children will distribute copies of the guide across their network in countries such as Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Nick Bradshaw, director of Partnerships and Outreach at WISH, said, “Civilians rather than soldiers have become the main casualties of war, with children facing a disproportionate amount of suffering. A manual like this one should never have to exist, however, sadly, it is needed right now in several conflict hotspots.”
Dr Reavley said, “Since producing the English version of the manual, we have been receiving urgent requests from medical teams across the Middle East looking for an Arabic version. We are very grateful to WISH and to the translators at TII for helping us create something that can be used as an effective tool to save young lives across the Arabic-speaking world.”

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