Through August 2017, NYCMedics teams were on the ground in Mosul, Iraq, to save lives among civilians injured in the ongoing battle to liberate Mosul. Executive Director, Kathy Bequary, says more than 10 percent of the trauma casualties being reported in the city amid the fighting are children under the age of 15. “Setting up and operating a Trauma Stabilization Point and doing it just behind the front lines will have a life-saving impact on thousands of people injured in the war,” Bequary says. “We cannot stand by while people die because the appropriate medical care is not available.” The Iraq mission represents NYCMedics’ first deployment to a war zone, in response to a November 2016 request by the World Health Organization for humanitarian assistance to reduce casualties on the front lines.
“We are only one of a handful of teams who have accepted the challenge,” – Bequary says.