A health system under pressure
The demands on the Iraqi health system have increased considerably since 2003, including trauma and mental illness. Numerous reports document poor and generally deteriorating health. Collection of accurate health information is extremely difficult in a country described as currently the most violent and dangerous place on our planet (Global Peace Index 2007), but reputable studies suggest:
- High conflict-related mortality and morbidity (eg Burnham et al 2006, UNICEF 2007).
Conflict fuels Iraqi health crisis
This report assesses the impact of the recent war in Iraq and the ensuing period of insecurity on health, the health care system and health reconstruction initiatives. It describes the reported 100,000 deaths and many more injuries attributable to conflict and violence and the current pattern of mental and physical illness. It gives an overview of the Iraqi health care system and barriers to good health care including problems with access to services, fragmentation, damaged infrastructure, inadequate medical supplies and poorly trained and supported health workers.
Health of Iraqi people is worse following war says new report
The war in Iraq was declared officially at an end six months ago, but the health and environmental costs of the conflict are still being felt. Drawing on sources within and outside Iraq, the international health charity Medact says that the health consequences of the 2003 war on Iraq will be felt by its people for years, maybe generations.
The report, Continuing Collateral Damage: The health and environmental costs of war on Iraq 2003, will be released on November 11 in London and 13 other countries.