Child Watch is an initiative of
the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine and was originally
formed to assist Iraqi children who are suffering greatly from lack
of medical resources and child size devices, as well as the psychological
aspects of prolonged warfare.
Since then we find that many of the
problems extend to the rest of the Middle East region and indeed
the world. There is also a lack of focus globally on child-specific
aspects of many medical conditions.
We are taking therefore
both an academic and a practical approach to child health. We welcome
articles on any topic related to aspects of child health and we
also hope to provide practical assistance where possible.
Our first donation has
been received from Mr Andrew Currie, of Melbourne, Australia, specifically
to assist institutionalized blind girls of Rawalpindi, Pakistan,
and we thank Mr Currie for his own initiative.
Please send articles or
assistance, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also welcome your ideas and your advice about
effective programs in your own country or region. I thank you all
for supporting this initiative.
Lesley Pocock (Australia) CHAIRPERSON
Dr Thamer Al Hilfy (Iraq)
Dr Abdulrazak Abyad (Lebanon)
Dr Manzoor Butt (Pakistan)
Emeritus Professor John Beasley (USA)
girls of Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Treatment of scabies and other skin infections and infestations
Provision of sewerage (septic tank) to overcome stench and health
hazards due to lack of facilities
Improved diet to prevent malnutrition, anaemia and avoidable health
Screening for TB, asthma, visual deficiencies, hearing deficiencies,
Provision of appropriate vaccination
Provision of aids for improved learning and mental stimulation (audio
books, Braille, music)
Provision of personal supplies for improved health and personal
dignity – soap, toothbrushes, sanitary items.
families and infants, children with medical needs, orphans and children
Provision of milk formula to impoverished
Provision of vitamin supplements to all children
Provision of medical supplies to hospitals
Programs to cater to the many needs of orphans and endangered children
“Scholarships for Life”
In the above countries, and elsewhere,
young children (from the age of 4) are working in slave conditions
to support themselves and their families, and consequently missing
out on the chance of a future life, through missing out on an education.
The children are collecting rags and other
goods in rubbish dumps, working in garages and factories, picking
coffee beans, rolling cigarettes, making carpets, or worse still,
forced into slavery and prostitution.
They can also be malnourished, homeless,
unloved, unsafe and in moral and physical danger. The youngest and
most vulnerable humans should not be paying personally for adults’
inability to create a just and safe world for them. They have lost
their childhood and any chance of an improved life.
“Scholarships for Life” is a project to
buy these children out of slavery, by paying the family the (usually
small) amount the child earns annually and to provide the child
with the means to gain an education.
$US2,000 per year will give a child back
The “Scholarships for Life” project will
be supervised and vetted by chosen family doctors in the participating
countries, and detail of all projects and donations will be listed
on the Child-Watch website www.Child-Watch.org.