End of year review of the health system in Kurdistan region of Iraq

1 January, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the end of the year, we would like to share with you an end of 2021 review of the health system in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.


We hope this report can provide an insight into the challenges that are facing the health system in this troubled region of the world. We particularly would like to draw your attention into the section on misinformation related to COVID-19. [*see note below]

We are particularly interested in your input into the report and suggestions for future versions.

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Peace and solidarity.

Public Health Protection Network of Kurdistan


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HIFA profile: Goran Zangana is a medical doctor and Associate Research Fellow with the Middle East Research Institute, Iraq. He is a HIFA country representative for Iraq and is currently based in the UK.

https://www.hifa.org/support/members/goran Email: goran.zangana AT meri-k.org

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): 'Misinformation and rumours about health topics in general and about COVID-19 in particular has been widespread in KRI during 2021. Various produces has been advertised as potentially

beneficial or even curative for COVID-19 without much scientific evidence. Some of those products are proved to be harmful. For example, tobacco, Shisha and alcoholic drinks have been advertised as curative for COVID-19 and those who consume them to be allegedly immune from the disease.']