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Life in Baghdad today: Thirteen years after the US invasion, what is the state of public health?

Dr. Riyadh Lafta will present:

"Life in Baghdad today: "Thirteen years after the U.S. invasion, what is the state of public health?"

Thursday, October 27, 7 PM

Foege Auditorium, 3720 15th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (corner of 15th Ave. NE and NE Boat Street)


Dr. Riyadh Lafta is a professor of medicine at Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, Iraq, and an Affiliate Professor at University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Lafta co-authored (with Johns Hopkins colleagues) the two famous Lancet articles in 2004 and 2006 that estimated Iraqi mortality associated with the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. 

Dr. Lafta is a medical doctor (1984) and completed his PhD in public health and community medicine in 1994 in Iraq. He has worked in Iraq hospitals (1984-1997), with the Iraq Ministry of Health (1995-97), and as a supervisor for the National Immunization Campaigns in rural areas (UNICEF, 1996-97). His research is focused on a range of population health issues, including conflict epidemiology, malaria screening, pregnancy outcomes, vaccines, diabetes, obesity, and injury. He’s completed several projects with the World Health Organization (WHO), was nominated for the Jonathan Mann Award (USA, 2007), and has supervised more than 30 PhD fellows. Dr. Lafta is an editorial board member for various international journals. He has published more than 90 articles, including the following:

Injuries, Death, and Disability Associated with 11 Years of Conflict in Baghdad, Iraq: A Randomized Household Cluster Survey
Needs of Internally Displaced Women and Children in Baghdad, Karbala, and Kirkuk, Iraq
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Male Adolescents in Baghdad 
Effects of witnessing or exposure to community violence on mental health of Iraqi men  
Trends in Childhood Leukemia in Basrah, Iraq, 1993–2007