Charity warns of “daunting challenges” for Iraq health system

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1303
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Iraq's Ministry of Health faces “daunting challenges” in its effort to rebuild the country's shattered medical infrastructure, according to a report released this week by the health charity Medact. “Even if the circumstances were much more auspicious, the difficulty of reversing this downward spiral could not be underestimated,” suggests the report.

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    Hala Madkoor, 24, injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, is comforted by her brother at a Baghdad medical centre

    Credit: KARIM KADIN/AP

    The report mostly avoids allocating blame for the cumulative damage wreaked by dictatorship, three wars, …

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