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We are long time supporters of the Nursing Midwifery Development Center (NMDC) in Erbil,

Kurdistan Region, Iraq. 
The NMDC building will be completed and the ribbon cutting ceremony will be 1 November 2023. 
NMDC will offer professional training with completion certificates in
midwifery, NICU nursing, oncology, and EMS training.  Other specialties will be introduced as time goes by.

For more information:

Construction progress
Nursing & Midwifery Development Centre
May 2023

Conference of Nursing

We invite you to the First International Conference of Nursing from 5-7 November 2023 in the NMDC Conference Centre.
  Faculty, nurses, and nursing students are invited to submit abstracts beginning 1 July.  We encourage nurses from all over the Middle East to join us. 
Please visit
for further information, abstract submission guidelines, and registration.  Hope to see you there!


The Carl and Enga Melby Charitable Foundation came about during discussions of best ways to use resources and time during retirement.  Knowing that our parent’s lives were best examples of loving and serving their neighbors, I decided that I would use my time and resources to better the lives of the many who have not enjoyed the blessings and opportunities my siblings and I have.  Hence our mission to provide for vulnerable populations by using the expertise of family members, as well as whatever resources we have, or that are given us to manage.

At present we are working in Kurdistan, the semi-autnomous region of northern Irag.  We are supporting the Nurse and Nurse Midwifery Development Center (NNMDC) and LDS Charities there.  We are engaged in meeting the goals of training nurses and midwives and supporting nursing in developing registration and scope of practice. This will greatly improve the delivery of healthcare.

LDS Charities and the Sterling Foundation are funding a nurse midwifery and nurse development center and the building of the facility has commenced.  


We are supporting that effort with volunteers with expertise in healthcare delivery, and with contributions.   We are excited about the culmination of the efforts of many to see this effort come to fruition.

Lastly, we are working with refugee camps in the Kurdistan region, to provide English instruction and classes on best health and nutrition practices, hygiene, and family planning.

Above: Meeting with community members regarding building site for the new nursing development centre

Below: Kurdish children learning English

Bottom: The beautiful city of Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq

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