War on Iraq could produce a humanitarian disaster, health professionals warnBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7373.1134 (Published 16 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1134
- Jocalyn Clark
A report from Medact—a UK based organisation of health professionals that was set up to highlight the health consequences of war—warns that a new war on Iraq would produce a humanitarian disaster.
A war would lead to widespread damage to the environment, including oil spills, toxic smoke, and chemical, biological, and possibly radiological pollution. Emergency relief for displaced and sick civilians would cost billions of pounds. Existing relief programmes, such as the oil for food programme, …