The Founder travelled frequently to Iraq and was among the first Kuwaitis to invest in property in Basrah, southern Iraq. He also donated to the medical sector there. In 1958. he built the first maternity hospital for the people ofBasrah. As the population increased, he realized that there was a need for a children`s hospital and he built a 60 bed facility for them in 1972. Half a million patients were treated between then and 1990.From 1991 till 2016 an average of 150,000 patients were annually treated (total 2,700,000).