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[casi-analysis] the power of graphs

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The following site has a simple graph showing the steady improvement
in mortality rates from 1960 until 1990. Then we struck Iraq!


Until 1990 - when sanctions were imposed following Iraq's invasion of
Kuwait - the Iraqi health system was considered one of the best in
the region with a budget of $450m. By 2002, it is estimated to have
fallen to $22m. Sanctions and budget cuts have been blamed for a huge
rise in mortality rates. About a quarter of children die before
reaching the age of five, and Iraq now has some of the worst health
indicators in the Middle East. Medical charities say the health
system is in a worse condition than before the invasion. According to
Medact, 12% of hospitals were damaged during the fighting and the two
main public health laboratories destroyed.

Mark Parkinson

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