Online Program

Life in Baghdad today: Twelve years after the U.S. invasion, what is the state of the public's health?

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Riyadh Lafta, MD, PhD, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq
As a medical school professor at Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, I have lived and worked in Baghdad throughout the recent war. This preseantation will report on life for civilians, for academics and for medical care practitioners, and how measures of public health have changed. It will discuss the current public health research and surveillance projects managed by the Ministry of Health and in partnership with other international researchers. From this unique on-the-ground perspective, this presentation will share insights on what it is like to maintain a public health, teaching and medical care career while cars explode, bombs fall and colleagues are targeted for killings.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe current public health research and surveillance projects in Iraq Analyze the delivery of public health, teaching and medical care in a war zone.

Keyword(s): War, Epidemiology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a specialist physician, professor in epidemiology and research work and I have witnessed all the wars and conflicts that occurred in Iraq during the last 35 years, and worked under that status. I have conducted collaborative research and published extensively (about thirty articles) about the consequences of wars, occupation and siege in Iraq, especially about the mortality after the 2003 occupation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.