Facing an uphill battle to rebuild its once-prestigious health care
system, Iraq's Ministry of Health is developing a 4-year strategic plan that
emphasizes such basic needs as restoring water and electricity in hundreds
of primary care centers and alleviating shortages of common medications like
antibiotics and β-blockers.
"Our most important responsibility is to address these urgent issues,"
said Iraqi Health Minister Ala'adin Alwan, MD, during an August meeting in
Washington, DC, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the US Department
of Defense. The one-day conference allowed Iraqi health officials and the
US and international agencies that have partnered with them to assess progress
and discuss future priorities.
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