BURBANK, California (October 17, 2005) – Destroyed just seven weeks ago in

Hurricane Katrina, the Coastal Family Health Center branch in Biloxi is back in

operation. Thanks to Islamic Relief, a Burbank, CA based aid organization that

purchased a mobile home and converted it into a clinic, residents of East

Biloxi have access to primary health care again. A ceremony to announce the

opening of the new facility will take place this Wednesday at 2 PM, with

Mayor AJ Holloway attending the event.

The Coastal Family Health Center’s East Biloxi Clinic and the St. Vincent de

Paul Pharmacy had both previously served the health care needs of the

indigent populations of Biloxi.  These facilities were completely flooded during

the hurricane and rendered non-functional. In response to the medical needs

of the underserved populations post-Hurricane Katrina, Islamic Relief agreed

to purchase a double-wide mobile home structure to be converted into a

primary health care facility and provide basic start-up equipment, such as

examination tables. The cost of buying and installing the mobile facility was

over $46,000. Islamic Relief has also agreed to donate medicines and other

medical supplies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Coastal Family

Health Center.

Islamic Relief immediately responded to the needs of the victims of Hurricane

Katrina – one of the greatest natural disasters in United States history.

Islamic Relief has committed $2 million for Katrina relief projects, which

include working in the affected areas of Biloxi and Jackson, MS, Baton Rouge,

LA and helping displaced citizens in Houston, TX.

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In Biloxi, MS, Islamic Relief has provided the devastated community much

needed services to cope with the disaster. Islamic Relief has distributed food,

cleaning kits, tents, sleeping bags, toys, clothes, hygiene kits and many

other goods.

The opening of this clinic is one of the first major accomplishments on the

road to rebuilding Biloxi.

The Media is encouraged to participate in the opening ceremony of the clinic.

In addition to Mayor Holloway, other attendees will include Islamic Relief’s

Katrina Response Director, Mostafa Mahboob; Biloxi Councilman Bill Stallworth

of Ward 2; Joe M. Dawsey, Director of the Coastal Family Health Center and

clinic staff and local community members.

WHAT:

Ceremony for Opening of Clinic in Biloxi

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

2:00 PM

WHERE:

Corner of Division St. & Lameuse St.

East Biloxi, MS 39530

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Media Contact:

Mostafa Mahboob

Islamic Relief

mostafa@irw.org

(310) 351-0952 mobile

(714) 676-1300 office

(714) 676-1301 fax

**Notes for media professionals planning to cover the event**

Islamic Relief is an international relief and development organization, with

partner offices in 30 countries across the world. We operate a wide range of

emergency relief and sustainable development projects across the world,

including healthcare, water and sanitation, education, income generation, and

orphan support. For more information, please call or visit our website,

www.irw.org.

Islamic Relief USA is recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, its

highest rating. Charity Navigator is America’s largest charity evaluator.

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