Dr. Goodman to share story of his Iraq mission

Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, a family practice physician at the Kauai Medical Clinic in Kilauea, is back from a mercy mission in Iraq.

Goodman is set to share his recent experience in Iraq on Tuesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. at the Wilcox Memorial Hospital conference rooms A, B and C.

The North Shore doctor left Kaua‘i on April 10 for Kuwait City to join the International Medical Corp (IMC), a non-governmental organization that conducts medical missions. After a few days, he was assigned to help set up medical systems in parts of Iraq, and spent most of his nearly three-month mission in Baghdad.

Goodman has traveled to this part of the world before, going to Pakistan for 3 months in 1987 with IMC, helping in the Afghan Refugee Camps, right on the border of Afghanistan, during the Soviet-Afghanistan War. He returned in 1991, again for three months, teaching and training Afghans to serve as medics within their war-torn nation. And January 2002, he spent over three and a half months in Kabul, setting up rural medical clinics within Afghanistan. This mission to Iraq was his fourth assignment with the IMC.

The IMC is the International Medical Corps, a non-profit humanitarian relief organization which provides medical training and emergency care world-wide where violent conflicts, natural disasters and other crises have left people sick, injured, and without access to adequate health care. Doctors, like Goodman, as well as nurses, and logisticians work in some of the world’s most devastated areas to provide immediate relief and to train local health care professionals. When the teams leave, IMC trainees take over and continue providing quality care within a sustainable framework.

To reserve a seat for this free presentation, please call 245-1005.

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