Rehabilitation under fire
“Rehabilitation under fire” – New report describes failure to support Iraqi health services
Researched and written by Iraqi, UK, and US health professionals and academics, the report focuses on the many failures of the occupying forces and their governments to protect health, or to help rebuild a health system based on primary health care principles. It assesses the current state of the health system: the impact of insecurity on the workforce and the chronic lack of supplies, medicines, and equipment. It contains a special focus on the neglected area of mental health care.
- the failure to follow good practice in rehabilitation of health care services;
- how powerful economic and political interests dominated health-related decisions;
- the failure to respect the Geneva Conventions related to medical neutrality.
The report makes key recommendations including:
- greater support for the World Health Organization in the region;
- more space for Iraqis to determine which health system they need;
- more flexible funding for initiatives to meet humanitarian needs.