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WHO returns to Iraq to find major problems among 2.8 million internally displaced Iraqis

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a928 (Published 21 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a928
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The World Health Organization announced on Thursday 17 July that in late June it had re-established, after a five year absence, a permanent international staff in Iraq to help the country meet urgent humanitarian needs and to strengthen its fragile healthcare system.

    International personnel of United Nations agencies left Iraq after a suicide attack at the UN’s Iraq headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003 left 22 dead and 150 wounded.

    “WHO will intensify its recovery and relief assistance to Iraq and help its people obtain the health care they deserve,” said Eric Laroche, WHO’s chief for health action in crises.

    Two of the agency’s international staff recently went …

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