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Current Challenges Facing The Iraqi Healthcare System

21 September 2010 - 13:30 to 14:30

Chatham House, London


Dr Shakir Jawad Al-Ainachi: Senior International Health Analyst, Office of the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; former Director General for Military Medical Affairs, Iraqi Ministry of Health
Discussant: Lt General Louis Lillywhite, former Surgeon-General of the British Armed Forces
Chair: Dr David Heymann, Head, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House



Iraq's healthcare system has endured great challenges over the past three decades due to multiple wars, sanctions and military occupation leading to massive destruction of its infrastructure. Currently, the Iraqi people suffer from limited access to quality health services and a poor public health system, driving some of the worst healthcare indicators in the Middle East. The speaker will argue that while many obvious road blocks hinder the reconstruction of the Iraqi healthcare system, it is the more subtle challenges that represent the greatest threat to reconstruction. The speaker will discuss how the current and future Iraqi leadership must be fully aware of the understated and less apparent challenges in order to succeed with their long term strategic health plans.