Letters Birth defects in Iraq

Is the Iraqi birth defects report believable?

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6247 (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6247
  1. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, public health researcher1
  1. 1Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  1. mozhgan{at}umich.edu

A report on the World Health Organization website now claims no evidence of adverse birth outcomes in Iraq.1 The undisclosed criteria for recruiting participants into this study “included areas that had and had not been exposed to bombardment or heavy fighting.”

In March 2013, a BBC documentary interviewed Ministry of Health researchers in Baghdad.2 Contrary to current claims, these researchers …

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