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Growing Health Crisis in Iraq

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Officials with UN agencies in Iraq and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warn that supplies of medicine, food, and fuel have been severely disrupted in and around Mosul, a northern Iraqi city with a population of 1·5 million that has been occupied by anti-government forces since early June.

This Lancet article describes in some detail what is happening in Iraq and looks at the associated growing health problems. This includes the warning from a member of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disaster at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, that the disintegration of health services in northern Iraq and many other parts of the country could unleash catastrophic consequences.

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