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Fw: tun myat on shortages of medicines

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From: Milan Rai <>
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Date: 14 January 2001 21:23
Subject: tun myat on shortages of medicines

>Please forward to CASI etc as appropriate:
>The Seventh Voices UK Sanctions-breaking Delegation found shortages of
>antibiotics occurred in the five hospitals visited (two in Baghdad, one
>in Amara, Basra, and Fallujah).
>The UN Humanitarian Coordinator explained the background to these
>1) The administration of the pharmaceutical procurement process is hindered
>by the fact that the central administrative body (Kimadia) needs a new
>control management information system, involving the importing and
>networking of hundreds of computers. These have been held up by the
>Sanctions Committee.
>2) The Baghdad authorities prefer to manufacture basic pharmaceuticals at
>their own plant in Samarra (Samarra Drug Industry - SDI), damaged in the
>1991 war and paralyzed by sanctions afterwards. They had been confident
>a large proportion of the drugs needed in the last phase could be produced
>locally, then discovered 'to their horror' (Coordinator's words) that
>Samarra was not coming up to speed as fast as they had hoped, and there was
>a consequent shortfall. We did not clarify to what extent the problems at
>Samarra were due to raw materials and machinery being held up by the
>Sanctions Committee approval process.
>3) Because they had held back on orders for medicines and blood bags and so
>on (we discovered shortages in bloodbags in several hospitals) because of
>their confidence in Samarra, they have only ordered $73m out of an
>allocation of $625m for medicines. This was an allocation for the *last*
>phase, which ended a month ago. The Coordinator expressed his surprise and
>concern at the under-ordering, and stated clearly that the shortages in
>antibiotics and other basic medicines was not due to the functioning of the
>661 Sanctions Committee, contrary to the widely-held view in Iraq.
>However, it is clear from his earlier remarks that the sanctions have had
>some role to play in the creation of the shortages, because of the problems
>in Kimadia and Samarra.
>Interview with Tun Myat, by Voices in the Wilderness UK Seventh
>Sanctions-Breaking Delegation
>Full report by the end of the week.
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