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Poor security is biggest impediment to health care in Iraq

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7399.1107-b (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1107
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Poor security was identified as the most serious impediment to the delivery of aid and health care in Baghdad at a meeting of the Red Cross and Red Crescent last week. “The three most urgent problems for health in Iraq today are security, security, and security,” said Dr Ghulam Popal, the World Health Organization's representative in Baghdad.


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    Several hospitals have been offered “protection” by armed gangs. Oxfam's media officer in Baghdad, Alex Renton, said one survey had found that more …

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