A Call to Release the WHO Report on Iraqi Birth Defects


To the World Health Organization and the Iraqi Ministry of Health: 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>This is quoted directly from a senior official at the Iraqi Ministry of Health. This senior official was speaking on-camera during a BBC documentary, called "Born under a bad sign", which aired on March 22, 2013. During the same interview, two other Ministry of Health researchers confirmed that the situation with cancers and birth defects constitute a "big crisis" for the "next generation" of Iraqi children. 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>This yet-to-be-released study will shed light on the magnitude and trend of congenital birth defects at the selected district level. It will identify possible risk factors of congenital birth defects and it will assess the public burden of these conditions.  

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>3) Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, Environmental Toxicologist; Tehran, Iran.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>5) Azadeh Shahshahani, President of the National Lawyers Guild; U.S.A.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>7) Maged Agour MD, Consultant Psychiatrist, U.K.  mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>8) A Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Chair of the Department of International Development Studies, Trent University; Canada. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>9) Izzeldin Abuelaish, Associate Professor of Global Health, University of Toronto; Canada.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>11) Carl Bloice, journalist, Editorial Board, BlackCommentator.com; U.S.A.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>15) Blaine Coleman, Human rights activist and attorney, U.S.A.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>17) David Cromwell, Co-Editor, Media Lens, U.K. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>18) Robert T Curtis, Professor of Combinatorial Algebra, School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham; U.K.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>20) Jean Drèze, Honorary Professor, Delhi School of Economics, India.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>22) Christo El Morr, Assistant Professor of  Health Informatics, York University, Canada. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>23) James H. Fetzer, McKnight Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>26) Jess Ghannam, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, and Global Health Sciences University of California, San Francisco, U.S.A. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>27) Colin Green, Professor of Surgery, University College London; U.K.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>30) Jon Jureidini, Child Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide; and Professor, Disciplines of Psychiatry & Paediatrics, University of Adelaide; and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Flinders University; South Australia.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>32) Leili Kashani, Human rights activist, Center for Constitutional Rights; U.S.A.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>36) Mustafa Koc, Professor, Department of Sociology and Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University; Toronto, Canada. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>37) Hans Koechler, Professor and Chair of Political Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology, University of Innsbruck; and President of the International Progress Organization, Vienna, Austria.  mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>38) Richard Levins, John Rock Professor of Population Sciences, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health; Boston, U.S.A.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>40) Rudy List, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, University of Birmingham, U.K.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>43) Arthur MacEwan, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Massachusetts; Boston, U.S.A.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>45) David Nicholl, MD, Consultant Neurologist, Birmingham, U.K.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>47) David Peterson, Chicago-based writer and researcher; U.S.A.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>51) Hilary Rose, Professor of Social Policy, University of Bradford; and Emerita Professor of Genetics and Society, Gresham College, London; and former consultant to the WHO Copenhagen, Denmark. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>52) Steven Rose, Emeritus Professor of Biology (neuroscience), Department of Life Health and Chemical Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes (UK); Emeritus Professor of Physick (Genetics and Society), Gresham College London.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma”>57) Howard Winant, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara; U.S.A.