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[casi] Collateral Damage: the health and environmental costs of war on Iraqa Medact Report (fwd)




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Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 14:47:32 -0000
From: Medact <info@medact.org>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Subject: Collateral Damage: the health and environmental costs of war on
    Iraq a Medact Report

The new Medact report Collateral Damage: the health and environmental costs
of war on Iraq has been launched today.

Researched and written by international health professionals, this
evidence-based analysis examines the likely impact of a new war on Iraq from
a public health perspective. Estimates of the total possible deaths on all
sides during the conflict and the following three months range from 48,000
to over 260,000. Civil war within Iraq could add another 20,000 deaths.
Additional later deaths from post-war adverse health effects could reach
200,000. If nuclear weapons were used the death toll could reach 3,900,000.
In all scenarios the majority of casualties will be civilians.

The aftermath of a 'conventional' war could include famine and epidemics,
millions of refugees and displaced people, and economic collapse in Iraq.
Destabilisation and possible regime change in neighbouring countries and
more terrorist attacks are possible. Global economic crisis may be triggered
through trade reduction and soaring oil prices, with particularly
devastating consequences for developing countries. The financial burden will
be enormous on all sides, with arms spending, occupation costs, relief and
reconstruction possibly exceeding $150-200bn.

Your thoughts on the report would be most welcome
The report and press release can be found on the Medact web site
http://www.medact.org/tbx/pages/sub.cfm?id=556
If you have trouble downloading the files they can be sent by email,
requests to Moyra Rushby moyrarushby@medact.org
Print copies can be supplied at 3 per copy incl. postage and packing.

 Moyra Rushby
 Medact
"Moving health and security up the global agenda"
info@medact.org
Tel: +44 020 7272 2020
Fax:+44 020 7281 5717
www.medact.org







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