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Rebuilding health care in Iraq

Furber, A.S. and Johnstone, P. (2004) Rebuilding health care in Iraq. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 58 (11). pp. 890-892. ISSN 1470-2738


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The effects of three wars within 25 years, a decade of international sanctions, and a brutal regime have had tragic consequences on Iraq’s health system and on the health of the Iraqi people. While the scale of these problems is becoming clearer, it has been difficult in the current security situation to know how best to respond to requests for help.

A workshop organised by the International Committee of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) in November 2003 has now addressed this very issue. This paper describes the health service needs presented at the workshop by representatives from the Department for International Development (DFID), World Health Organisation (WHO), International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) and, most importantly, Iraq’s Ministry of Health. We will also consider current responses and how professional public health bodies from around the world might contribute to the development of Iraq’s health sector.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Keywords: Iraq
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2005
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 11:49
Published Version: http://jech.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/58/11...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1136/jech.2003.019216
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/517

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