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Iraqi Physician Brain Drain in Prolonged Conflict 88-98

Brain Drain can also be defined as an emigration of trained and talented individuals from other nations or jurisdictions, due to conflict, lack of opportunity or health hazards where they are currently working and living. Few countries in the world are unaffected by brain drain of healthcare staff as destination or source countries.  Destination countries receive net flows of professionals while source countries lose their professionals, and as we will see in acute Brain Drain in Iraq, at a precipitous cost to the Public Health of Iraqis.


Dahr Jamail on Iraqi Hospitals Under Occupation, War Profiteering and the "Brain Drain" Out of Iraq


Iraq President Suddam Hussein Handbook - Page 245

HEALTH AND NUTRITION It is the weakest and most vulnerable who suffer from sanctions young children, pregnant ... UNICEF statistics (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) carried out by Iraq's Central Statistical Organisation) from ...

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Iraq: Issues, Historical Background, Bibliography - Page 62

Iraq: Issues, Historical Background, Bibliography

Anca Carrington, Kenneth Katzman, Alfred B. Prados - 2003 - Preview
Iraq's health ministry figures indicate that 57,000 children under five die each year. UNICEF statistics (which are generally provided by governments) as published in the State of the World's Children, show an under five mortality rate of 122 in ...

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Iraqi medical education under the intellectual embargo

lancetIraq's health services have declined substantially since the Gulf War and the imposition of United Nations sanctions.1-7 However, the impact of sanctions on the flow of medical and scientific information has received little attention. Iraq was essentially cut off from all outside medical information in 1990 w

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baghdad Effects of sanctions on Iraq's health professionals

The Lancet 19 April 1997lancet

 Adnan Zaki is a medical registrar at a Baghdad teaching hospital. When he is not working, he should be studying for the Arab Board examination, but most of his spare time is spent working as a welder and a knife grinder in order to sup-plement his meagre wage. Because of the dire economic situation of the country, the Iraqi dinar is now almost worthless and Zaki's monthly salary of 3000 dinar is currently worth only US$2·5. He is forced to supplement this income in any way he can. He now evades ...
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The deteriorating health situation in Iraq

The Lancet,, 2 June 2007
The health situation in Iraq is deteriorating on almost every level. In this week's issue, two doctors from Basrah describe how insulin is unavailable because it is not safe to distribute it. Last month the first cases of cholera were reported. And in an interview with the non-governmental organisation Doctors for Iraq, Khaled Mahmud, head of resident doctors in Samarra General Hospital, described how power outages prevented the use of all the medical appliances in the hospital.
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Morbidity and mortality among families in Iraq

The Lancet  19 January 2008lancet

How unfortunate that comment on the Iraq Family Health Survey (IFHS) Report, released by WHO on Jan 9, has sparked such a heated and distracting debate on estimates of civilian mortality. The shocking figure of 151 000 violent deaths between March, 2003, and June, 2006, is of the same order of magnitude as a previous figure and serves to confirm that far too many civilians have been killed during the US-led occupation. The sooner this fact is accepted, the sooner the crucial issue of rebuilding the shattered lives that lie behind such numbers can begin.

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Adverse health consequences of the Iraq War

The Lancet 16 March 2013lancet

The adverse health consequences of the Iraq War (2003—11) were profound. We conclude that at least 116 903 Iraqi non-combatants and more than 4800 coalition military personnel died over the 8-year course. Many Iraqi civilians were injured or became ill because of damage to the health-supporting infrastructure of the country, and about 5 million were displaced. More than 31 000 US military personnel were injured and a substantial percentage of those deployed suffered post-traumatic stress

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Working the Iraqi health system

  •, Tuesday 4 April 2006
  • The Washington Post ran a recent article on the problems with US plans to construct 142 new primary care clinics across Iraq. The endless chain of subcontracting has left almost all of these clinics unfinished. Often a clinic is declared "reconstructed" after a quick paint job, and a couple of desks and stethoscopes are provided to the clinic
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Lancet surveys of Iraq War casualties - Wikipedia, the free ...

The 2007 ORB survey of Iraq War casualties estimated more deaths than the ... to the 2003 invasion and occupation was estimated by comparing mortality in the 17.8 ... "The most common causes of death before the invasion of Iraq were heart ... Lila Guterman, after writing a long article in January 2005 in The Chronicle of ...

Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: cluster sample survey


Les Roberts, Riyadh Lafta, Richard Garfield, Jamal Khudhairi, Gilbert Burnham
In March, 2003, military forces, mainly from the USA and the UK, invaded Iraq. We did a survey to
compare mortality during the period of 14·6 months before the invasion with the 17·8 months after it.
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Articles Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq ...

... in infant mortality and the rate of violent death, mortality in Iraq seems otherwise
be a reflection of the skill and function of the Iraqi health system or ...

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A Mortality Study, 2002-2006


... a 12 month period of operation Iraqi Freedom. ... of Reconstruction and Security
in Post-Saddam Iraq. ... Mental Health problems, Use of Mental Health ...

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APPENDIX E - Health in Iraq

... 1 year) and child mortality (under 5 years) rates (per 1,000/year) for Iraq. ...
The Iraqi health care system was once the finest in the region, but has ...

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Health services in Iraq

lancetThe Lancet
After decades of war, sanctions, and occupation, Iraq's health services are struggling to regain lost momentum. Many skilled health workers have moved to other countries, and young graduates continue to leave. In spite of much rebuilding, health infrastructure is not fully restored. National development plans call for a realignment of the health system with primary health care as the basis. Yet the health-care system continues to be centralised and focused on hospitals.
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People and Power Betrayed in Basra 27 Jan 2009 Part 1 & 2

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Inside Iraq - Iraq's healthcare crisis - 12 Oct 07 - Part 1 & 2

Uploaded onOct 13, 2007

Inside Iraq looks at the crisis facing Iraq's healthcare system. Experts say that as many as half of the estimated 655,000 civilian deaths in the war so far might have been avoided if proper medical

Iraq War Anniversary: Birth Defects And Cancer Rates At Devastating High In Basra And Fallujah

The Huffington Post |  By

Ten years after the start of the U.S. invasion in Iraq, doctors in some of the Middle Eastern nation's cities are witnessing an abnormally high number of cases of cancer and birth defects.Scientists suspectthe rise is tied to the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus in military assaults.

Iraq Hospital Touted by Laura Bush Delayed

The Associated Press
Friday, July 28, 2006; 8:32 PM

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Construction of a children's hospital supported by first lady Laura Bush has been put on hold after it fell behind schedule and went over budget, one of dozens of halted or delayed U.S. health projects, Iraqi health officials said Friday.

The high-tech, two-story children's hospital in Basra was intended to provide state-of-the-art care in Iraq's second-largest city. The first lady and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke highly of the project.

But U.S. officials dropped contractor Bechtel Corp. from the project after it missed deadlines and ran up big cost overruns, Dr. Chasib Latif Ali, executive director of the Health Ministry, told The Associated Press. Bechtel Corp. blamed the problem on Iraq's security crisis.