Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s plans for Arbaeen are modified to provide services needed and requested by our Iraqi colleagues, brothers and sisters. Current plans include a medical camp in Karbala, in-person training through the International Arbaeen Conference, public health information for pilgrims/zawaar, and the continued provision of free medications/medical supplies and equipment.
Enhancements to our years of service include that addition of speciality clinics, a new Annual Arbaeen Brainstorming, Ulema’s Brainstorming session and much more.
Our accommodations and ground arrangments will be managed within the larger IMI Unique Experiences: Arbaeen Ziyarat & Medical Mission group. For the first time, IMI’s 14th Annual Arbaeen Medical Mission will be blended with a ziyarat trip to allow those who wish to serve and travel & stay with their families (and other zawaar), as well as participate (during off-shit timings) in group programs and benefit from the guided ziyarat and lectures by respected Maulana Syed Ali Raza Rizvi. For details on this program, click here.
As last year, applications have been modified to assess additional criteria, including the associated risks levels for COVID-19. We are working to carefully plan the 24-hour shift schedules and group arrangements with infection control protocols/guidelines that all delegates must agree to adhere to as well.
Applications for IMI’s 14th Annual Arbaeen Medical Mission are now open online. All interested health professionals (especially general practitioners/ family & emergency medicine physicians, cardiologists, respiratory specialists/ pulmonologists, pediatricians) were invited to apply for Medical Staff, pharmacists for Pharmacy Staff, nurses for Nursing Staff, dentists for Dental Staff and non-health professionals or students for Administrative Staff.
Given the current pandemic as well as the crisis in Iraq, the situation in Iraq is constantly shifting and volatile. Things constantly change on the ground and our baseline requirement is for all delegates to be patient, flexible and work together despite very intense and challenging conditions. All delegates must also strictly abide by the safety and infection prevention guidelines.
The application process will be broken into the following stages:
Stage 1. Initial Application: to begin applying, please complete this form. The form includes questions regarding your basic contact information, your health history, and your professional background. You will also need to upload a copy of your resume/CV.
Stage 2. Conversations: designated members of IMI’s Annual Arbaeen Medical Mission Committee will speak with applicants shortly after receiving your application to discuss your application, expectations and the process moving forward.
Stage 3. Additional documentation & Confirmation: After you are provisionally accepted for the delegation, you will be required to share additional documentation including copies of your (valid) passport and take additional steps within a short time frame to confirm your position with the delegation.
As in all previous years, certain costs for IMI’s Annual Arbaeen Medical Mission delegates are being covered by IMI donors and collaborators. However, due to additional pandemic-related requirements, we do anticipate costs will be higher than in previous years. Therefore, please anticipate your costs to include:
International Air travel costs (Air tickets and any hotels/additional stops on your way into/out of Iraq)
- $1300 Subsidized Ground Package costs (used towards ground transportation, accommodations, COVID testing etc)
- $100 USD for visa costs/ stamps at Najaf Airport (if you do not have stamped visas)
- $250-300 in suggested donations for medications to be purchased for use at the camp.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, IMI’s ANNUAL ARBAEEN MEDICAL MISSION WILL BE FOLLOWING STRICT PROTOCOLS & GUIDELINES: BOTH IN IRAQ & IN ADVANCE FOR THE GROUP’S SELECTION AND LOGISTICS.
Our services as well as selection and process have all been modified accordingly and will require strict adherence from all delegates for everyone’s health and safety. Please make sure you carefully review the updated requirements and application and complete it with all the requested details.
DATES ARE TENTATIVE & TRAVEL WILL BE CAREFULLY MANAGED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC: PLEASE DO NOT BOOK YOUR TICKETS UNTIL YOU HAVE CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE & INFORMATION FROM IMI ON HOW TO DO SO.
Click here to donate now to help with costs including medications
Interested in having family members join you? Click here to view details on IMI’s Unique Experiences: Arbaeen Ziyarat & Medical Mission, blending spiritual & social programming for your whole family with services for the zawaar of Imam Hussain (A.S.).