The impact of war and economic sanctions on the mental health system in Iraq from 1990 to 2003: a preliminary report

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Abstract

This paper explores the effects of war in Iraq in the period between 1991 and 2003, with a focus on effect of economic sanctions on mental health services. The authors, Iraqi psychiatrists with direct contact with patients and events during this period, review literature and reports published contemporaneously. They describe how the mental health system in Iraq was deteriorated, not only by war, but also by United Nations imposed sanctions during the period between the first and second Iraq war.

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