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The World in Medicine
May 16, 2007

Health in Iraq

JAMA. 2007;297(19):2069. doi:10.1001/jama.297.19.2069-c

Increasing violence and a worsening shortage of health care workers are threatening the health of the Iraqi population, the World Health Organization warned last month.

According to the agency's Health Action in Crises group, health services are overstretched, especially in areas most affected by violence and/or with greater concentrations of displaced persons (http://www.who.int/hac/donorinfo/highlights/highlights_154_16_22apr2007.pdf). “Caring for each wave of injured patients further depletes the limited stocks available for other surgical interventions,” the group noted, adding that the loss of experienced staff through emigration has resulted in remaining health care workers performing procedures for which they received no formal training.

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