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Why don't they boil water?

This last weekend there was an organizing conference in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, here in the USA.  Among the attendees was Dr. Richard Garfield,
the Columbia University-based epidemologist and authority on the civilian
impact of embargoes.

He stated that the Iraqi govt could significantly reduce infant mortality
(and perhaps child, I'm not sure) if it took the following simple steps:

1) encouraged people to boil water;

2) withdrew infant formula from the ration packet.

He said that these changes could more easily be made in a country where the
government broadcasts into virtually every home via radio and television.
In less industrially developed countries where water born diseases are a
problem this is not the case.  

I note that UNICEF head Carol Bellamy in her visit to Iraq again prevailed
upon the govt to remove the formula, which was first introduced two years
ago over the vociferous objections of the agency.

I have not seen any public discussion of these issues anywhere and think
they need to be clarified for us anti-sanctions activists to get a grip on
what's going on in that country.


Jennifer Horan

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