In the late 1980, health officials from Basrah approached the Marafie Foundation for further assistance. They wanted to find the means to expand health care facilities to cope with an ever growing population. The Board of Management agreed to fund a 100 bed children`s hospital. On 25th February 1990, the foundation stone was laid for this project. The instability in the region caused by the subsequent invasion of Kuwait led to the postponement of further work on the project until a future date. The Board of Management is in the process of establishing a Foundation specifically to support health and education in Iraq.