Years of war have literally destroyed Iraqi’s once world-renowned healthcare system. The Iraqi healthcare system used to be considered one of the best in the region, but today, millions of Iraqis suffer from respiratory infections, formerly preventable diseases such as measles, and malnutrition. The WHO (World Health Organization), UNICEF and USAID have joined hands and efforts to provide essential services for many Iraqis, but continuing conflict has reduced the effectiveness and ability of such organizations to provide quality and all-around care for Iraqi citizens.
Dire Straits for Iraqis
The basics are missing from Iraqi’s healthcare facilities and hospitals these days, from vaccinations to cardiac defibrillators. Meningitis, dysentery, and malaria have become the norm. Hospital labs can’t perform tests, and lack of drugs and basic supplies severely hamper physician’s efforts to cure patients. Medicine, syringes and IV fluids are often only available through the black market.
Missing drugs, ill-equipped doctors, and sometimes infested clinics and hospitals are seriously hampering healthcare efforts in Iraq, and patients are suffering. Corruption and incompetence is replacing what used to be known as one of the most efficient, state-of-the-art, and highly educated healthcare providers in this area of the world. Money earmarked for medical drugs, equipment and clinics goes missing, and even formally world-renowned facilities and ERs in Baghdad are suffering the consequences.
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