FHS Seminar Series - Public's Health Status in Iraq: Twelve Years After the U.S. Invasion

by Dr. Riyadh Lafta, Professor in Public Health and Community Medicine/College of Medicine/Mustansiriya, University, Iraq & Affiliate Professor, Global Health, University of Washington, USA

November 03, 2016

Event Type

Seminar Series


November 03, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Blusson Hall 9920 (behind the Mowafaghian Theatre)

During the 1970s and 1980s, Iraqi health care and medical education were said to be the best in the region. The country boasted free health care in 172 hospitals and 1200 primary health-care clinics. The destruction and looting of health facilities that followed the 2003 invasion resulted in heavy loss of equipment and pharmaceutical stocks.

Quality of care continued to deteriorate and shortages were widespread. Major loss of health staff from tertiary hospitals had an effect on teaching trainees and care of patients. According to the most recent UN reports, 5 million Iraqis are externally displaced and 4 million are internally displaced. Iraq’s health system is still struggling to recover from years of war, sanctions, loss of health workers, looting, and political interference.

Dr. Lafta, born in Baghdad, Graduated from the College of Medicine at Baghdad University, 1984, and later completed a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine, in 1994. He worked in Iraqi hospitals and PHCCs for 13 years before transferring to the College of Medicine, Mustansiriya University in 1997.  Currently Dr. Lafta is an affiliate Professor in Global Health at the University of Washington, USA.  He has also participated in and led many health projects with WHO, UN, and USA Universities. Is a member in the Editorial Board of many international medical journals and has published 88 articles in different peer medical journals.


* This Seminar Series is open to the SFU Research Community. 

*  A light lunch will be available at this seminar.   

* The FHS Research Seminar Series is an Accredited Small Group Learning by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.