Earlier this month, Zaman CEO and founder Najah Bazzy led a small delegation of health care professionals and volunteers as part of its first official mission trip in partnership with Imam Al-Hujjah Hospital, a reputable non-profit healthcare institution in Karbala, Iraq.
The hospital provides a wide range of medical services, including emergency care, surgery, radiology, laboratory services, and specialized care for women and children.
“It was an inspirational trip that reflects how Zamanitarians can have an impact nearly anywhere in the world through our international partnerships,” Najah said. “The hospital is aligned well with Zaman’s mission of empowering women and children to break the cycle of poverty.”
Joining Najah on the weeklong trip were Senior Liaison Mohammed Sadiq Qazwini; and three advance practice nurses from Michigan: Eman Hazimi, Christina Hazime, and Zainab Ali Hachem.
During the trip, the three nurses volunteered at the hospital, conducted workshops, and trained nurses on infection control and patient safety. Learning modules included proper hand washing, sterile gloving, wound care, and medication safety. They also assessed the hospital's operations and provided specialized recommendations for improving care and efficiency.
“Our nurses were excited to help the hospital advance its goal of becoming an internationally accredited hospital and improve the well-being of those it serves,” said Najah.
In addition to their work at the hospital, the nurses also visited various projects of the Development & Relief Foundation, the mother organization for Imam Al-Hujjah Hospital, including two schools that primarily serve orphans -- Al-Sadiq Elementary School and Al-Salihat Academy, an all-girls prep school which Zaman has previously supported.
“Zaman continues to support orphans in need globally,” said Najah. “It was good to see firsthand how Zaman’s support from so far away helps provide such great care to these children.”
At the end of the trip, the Zaman team received the "Hands of Mercy Award" from Imam Al-Hujjah Hospital for their support and dedication.