Letter of accompaniment to the People of Iran

1 January 2004

Letter of Accompaniment
To members of The People's Health Movement-Iran and to the People of Iran:

Please accept the warmest of greetings and deepest condolences from the Board of Directors of Doctors for Global Health, with virtual office in the USA. We send this message to all members and to those associated with the People's Health Movement-Iran and to all those now suffering in Iran.

We were sincerely saddened to learn of the devastating earthquake that struck in Bam, Iran last week. We send you our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies on the loss of life of your citizens, the mounting death toll and on the destruction that will require a very long time from which to even begin recovering.

We in the Doctors for Global Health community are accompanying you from afar at the time of this great tragedy. We stand in solidarity with your suffering people. We are encouraged that teams have come to join your government and the Ministry of Health in Iran to aid in the rescue, and also that shipments of aid have begun entering your country at this time of great need. We can only hope that this outpouring worldwide will continue and will mark the beginning of doors opening even further, creating networks that will allow governments, organizations and individuals to act more humanely as a global community in the future.

May these important networks allow for rapid responses to whatever human tragedy, challenge or situation may arise and necessitate urgent action. Unfortunately our organization is unable to come to your aid in a personal way, but we hope that it will be of some comfort to know that the Board of Directors of Doctors for Global Health as a body, DGH being one of the North American conveners of PHM, is keeping you and the people of Iran in our thoughts at this most difficult time. We will also as individuals advocate for international reconstruction aid in whatever manner we might be able.

In Solidarity,

Shirley J. Novak, MA, Advocacy Counsel
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Doctors for Global Health

CC: Ravi Narayan, PHM Secretariat, secretariat@phmovement.org