Friday, June 24, 2005


Plagues strike Iraq as doctors flee

Via Chris Floyd, an article in the Japan TimesUnending health disaster for Iraqi kids Some bullet points: * Iraq used to have a problem with childhood obesity. Today, at 7.7 percent, Iraq's child malnutrition rate is roughly equal to that of Burundi, an African nation ravaged by more than a decade of war. It is far higher than the rates in Uganda and Haiti.. * Lack of dependable electricity and shortages of potable water throughout the country have led to ... outbreaks of cholera and typhoid fever, particularly in southern Iraq.... [and has] probably been the cause of an outbreak of hepatitis particularly lethal to pregnant women. * the destruction of the refrigeration systems needed to store vaccines have rendered the vaccine supply virtually useless * 10 percent of Baghdad's 32,000 doctors have left the country or have stopped working * 25 percent of primary school-age children do not go to school It's very hard to sell people on how how wonderful the future will be when the present is this bad.
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