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Dedication Ceremony Occurs in the Midst of a Major Power Failure in Baghdad

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On Tuesday, June 24, 2003, WiRED International launched the first of several Medical Information Centers at a ceremony held in Iraq’s largest teaching hospital. This 10-station computer network and e-library of medical topics will provide more than 1,000 doctors and medical students with information about the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.

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Gary Selnow’s dedication speech of WiRED’s Medical Information Center at the Medical City Center, University of Baghdad

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I am pleased to be here today to participate in the dedication of a Center that will provide medical professional in Iraq with new tools of healthcare information. These computers, and the extensive medical libraries they contain, will provide a resource that we trust will enable the fine doctors and students of this teaching hospital to contribute even more to the health and well-being of their patients.

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U. S. Global Technology Corps Brings IT to Iraqi Medical Students (U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesman, Washington D.C.)

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The Department of State’s U. S. Global Technology Corps (USGTC) Рa program administered by the Bureau of International Information Programs, Office of Technology Partnerships Рis providing computer technology and training to medical students in Baghdad, Iraq as part of a joint public diplomacy initiative with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya to Dedicate Medical Information Center at the University of Nairobi

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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Johnnie Carson, will join WiRED International for the opening of a new Medical Information Center at the University of Nairobi Faculty of Medicine on February 4, 2003. “The Ambassador’s participation highlights growing international recognition of the crucial connection between access to information and the health of developing nations,” says WiRED Executive Director Dr. Gary Selnow. “We are honored that Mr. Carson will join us for this important event. This computer facility–the first available in Kenya’s largest medical school-will enable students and faculty to access information that has, to date, been beyond their reach.