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Status of Pediatric HealthCare in Iraq?

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DarthNeurology

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Has anybody here read anything about how pediatric healthcare has changed in Iraq from before the war to where it is now? I.e. has the U.S. invasion despite loss of human life in terms of soldiers and civilians actually produced some positive improvements in healthcare for children? I was just curious of any pediatrician's opinion who has more information. There is a thread in the General Residency discussion about the value of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and some people complained that MSF support dictators, well, we have seen the high price of actually removing a dictator (Saddam) and was wondering what the humanitarian situation was?
 

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What a great question. I'm still a 4th year so I haven't heard much about this topic but it looks like the AAP's Pediatrics has a recent article talking about what the military hospitals are seeing.

Pediatrics:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/121/2/261
http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/citation/24/5/213-a

Here is a NEJM article:
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/351/24/2471

http://www.usmedicine.com/article.cfm?articleID=801&issueID=58

It seems concerning and that we (the peds community around the world) need to do more.
 

hobbes007

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Yeah this was really an awesome question/topic Darth. I hadn't even thought about this issue (and I'm interested in int'l peds!). Thanks for the eye-opening articles andy.
We definitely must do something about this as a community. Maybe a partnership between AAP and AAMC is warranted.
 
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