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Iraqi healthcare system still crippled five years after invasion, says report

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39461.651921.4E (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:113
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    Iraq’s health system is still crippled, nearly five years after the US led invasion of 2003, partly as a result of a disorganised and often incompetent reconstruction effort, concludes a new report from campaigning organisation Medact.

    The report describes Iraq as “a failing state with a complex health emergency,” with as few as 9000 doctors and 15 000 nurses serving a population of 28 million people. Around half of Iraq’s doctors have fled the country, while many more are counted among the 2.2 million internal refugees.

    The report follows the publication last week in …

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