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WHO study in Iraq expected to find birth defects increasing

BBC: major Iraq birth defect study expected to show increase linked to conflict

BBC has reported that a much anticipated study by the WHO and Iraqi
Ministry of Health will show that rates of birth defects in Iraq are
higher in areas that were subject to heavy fighting in 2003.22 March 2013 - ICBUW (mailto:[email protected])

The report, broadcast on BBC World and available online (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21873892)
features an interview with researchers at the Iraqi Ministry of Health
(MoH). The researchers indicate that the report, which has been produced
jointly by the WHO and MoH, will find that rates of birth defects are
higher in areas of Iraq that were subjected to heavy fighting in the
2003 war. The publication of the final report, scheduled for early this
year has been delayed, but the BBC's report offers a first glimpse at
the results.

"The BBC's report fits with our expectations from smaller localised studies and the reports of healthcare professionals in Iraq," said an ICBUW spokesperson. "Naturally
we will await the publication of the full report but should the
findings and methodology prove to be robust, the study could add
considerably to the pressure for action to reduce the legacy of modern
conflict on public health. However more research will be needed to
establish the precise risk factors responsible."

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