BIRMINGHAM — The National Arab American Medical Association
(NAAMA) and the NAAMA Foundation have announced the establishment of the NAAMA
Emergency Medical Relief Fund for the purpose of providing urgently needed
medical supplies wherever they are required in the Arab world.
Dr. Hareth Raddawi, chair of the NAAMA Foundation, said,
“Witnessing the dire events in the Arab world over the past couple of
months, it has become clear that our valiant brothers and sisters in the
healthcare sector providing emergency and other medical care are operating
under abysmal circumstances compounded by lack of security, total disregard of
the sanctity of ambulances and hospitals and, more importantly, a major
shortage of basic medical equipment and supplies.
It is our moral obligation to come to their aid in any way
possible, consistent with NAAMA’s humanitarian mission.”
NAAMA has chosen to utilize the infrastructure and
warehouses of an existing medical relief group with connections in the Arab
world. The logistics and delivery of the medical relief supplies will be
coordinated through AmeriCares: Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid
Organization, one of the largest and most reputable medical relief and
charitable organizations in the U.S. Established in 1982, AmeriCares has
provided over $10 billion of relief around the world, much of it in Iraq, Gaza
and Lebanon. Money donated to NAAMA’s Emergency Medical Relief Fund will be
utilized to provide medical supplies to areas in need with the help of
AmeriCares, ANERA and similar NGOs.
The vision for the Emergency Medical Relief Fund is to have
funds available not only for the ongoing tragedy in Libya but to have
contingency plans for emergency medical relief wherever the need may suddenly
arise in other parts of the Arab world.
Donation checks should be made payable to NAAMA Foundation,
with Emergency Medical Relief Fund written in the memo line and mailed to the
NAAMA National Office, 801 S. Adams Road, Suite 208, Birmingham, MI 48009.
Online donations can be made at www.naama.com. For more information, please
contact NAAMA Executive Director Renee Ahee, firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.646.3661.
Established in 1975, NAAMA is a non-profit, non-sectarian
professional association of physicians and other healthcare professionals of
Arab background who serve communities all over the United States. In addition
to its professional and educational mission, NAAMA carries out its humanitarian
mission through the NAAMA Foundation. Headquartered in Birmingham, MI, NAAMA
has 27 chapters nationwide.