Health Services 

The deteriorating health situation in Iraq

The Lancet,, 2 June 2007
The health situation in Iraq is deteriorating on almost every level. In this week's issue, two doctors from Basrah describe how insulin is unavailable because it is not safe to distribute it. Last month the first cases of cholera were reported. And in an interview with the non-governmental organisation Doctors for Iraq, Khaled Mahmud, head of resident doctors in Samarra General Hospital, described how power outages prevented the use of all the medical appliances in the hospital.
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Morbidity and mortality among families in Iraq

The Lancet  19 January 2008lancet

How unfortunate that comment on the Iraq Family Health Survey (IFHS) Report, released by WHO on Jan 9, has sparked such a heated and distracting debate on estimates of civilian mortality. The shocking figure of 151 000 violent deaths between March, 2003, and June, 2006, is of the same order of magnitude as a previous figure and serves to confirm that far too many civilians have been killed during the US-led occupation. The sooner this fact is accepted, the sooner the crucial issue of rebuilding the shattered lives that lie behind such numbers can begin.

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Adverse health consequences of the Iraq War

The Lancet 16 March 2013lancet

The adverse health consequences of the Iraq War (2003—11) were profound. We conclude that at least 116 903 Iraqi non-combatants and more than 4800 coalition military personnel died over the 8-year course. Many Iraqi civilians were injured or became ill because of damage to the health-supporting infrastructure of the country, and about 5 million were displaced. More than 31 000 US military personnel were injured and a substantial percentage of those deployed suffered post-traumatic stress

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Working the Iraqi health system

The Washington Post ran a recent article on the problems with US plans to construct 142 new primary care clinics across Iraq. The endless chain of subcontracting has left almost all of these clinics unfinished. Often a clinic is declared "reconstructed" after a quick paint job, and a couple of desks and stethoscopes are provided to the clinic. I have witnessed the construction of one such clinic over the last two years. It lies on the southern Baghdad-Basra highway in Madain province. Once completed it was to serve the inhabitants of a dozen surrounding villages. The still unfinished building is now a barracks for interior ministry commandos. I've heard that numerous requests from the health

ministry to abandon the site were all turned down or ignored.


Lancet surveys of Iraq War casualties - Wikipedia, the free ...

The 2007 ORB survey of Iraq War casualties estimated more deaths than the ... to the 2003 invasion and occupation was estimated by comparing mortality in the 17.8 ... "The most common causes of death before the invasion of Iraq were heart ... Lila Guterman, after writing a long article in January 2005 in The Chronicle of ...

Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: cluster sample survey


Les Roberts, Riyadh Lafta, Richard Garfield, Jamal Khudhairi, Gilbert Burnham
In March, 2003, military forces, mainly from the USA and the UK, invaded Iraq. We did a survey to
compare mortality during the period of 14·6 months before the invasion with the 17·8 months after it.
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Articles Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq ...

... in infant mortality and the rate of violent death, mortality in Iraq seems otherwise
be a reflection of the skill and function of the Iraqi health system or ...

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A Mortality Study, 2002-2006


... a 12 month period of operation Iraqi Freedom. ... of Reconstruction and Security ,,,,,in Post-Saddam Iraq... Mental Health problems, Use of Mental Health ...

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APPENDIX E - Health in Iraq


... 1 year) and child mortality (under 5 years) rates (per 1,000/year) for Iraq. ... The Iraqi health care system was once the finest in the region, but has ....

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Health services in Iraq

lancetThe Lancet
After decades of war, sanctions, and occupation, Iraq's health services are struggling to regain lost momentum. Many skilled health workers have moved to other countries, and young graduates continue to leave. In spite of much rebuilding, health infrastructure is not fully restored. National development plans call for a realignment of the health system with primary health care as the basis. Yet the health-care system continues to be centralised and focused on hospitals.
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