Posted on October 02, 2019

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 October 1, which is  set to run until October 25.

The dignitaries in attendance of the opening event included Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar; HE Ajay Sharma, the British ambassador to Qatar; HE Franck Gellet, the French ambassador to Qatar; HE Pasquale Salzano, the Italian ambassador to Qatar; HE Stefanie McCollum, the Canadian ambassador to Qatar; and 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, Pediatrician and Medical Manager, Syria Relief, and British doctor Paul Reavley, co-chair of the Pediatric 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.

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The collaboration between WISH and Save the Children is part of a long-term partnership between the QF initiative and the charity. Last November, a prototype of the English version of the manual was showcased by Save the Children during WISH 2018 at Qatar National Convention Centre. The exhibition ‘Artistic Dimensions Towards a Healthier World’ features photographs of people dealing with health issues in conflict settings, as well as drawings that have been produced by displaced Rohingya children currently living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, as part of a Save the Children art therapy initiative.

Nick Bradshaw, Director of Partnerships and Outreach at WISH, said: “From the time we first saw the English prototype of the manual at our summit a year ago, we knew we wanted to play an active part in getting this important publication into the hands of Arabic-speaking doctors and nurses. “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.”