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East Mediterr Health J. 2006;12 Suppl 2:S230-7.

Visceral leishmaniasis control in Thi Qar Governorate, Iraq, 2003.

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  • 1Primary Health Care Centres, Thi Oar, Iraq.

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  • East Mediterr Health J. 2007 Jul-Aug;13(4):867.


Since 1991, visceral leishmaniasis has extended to new areas rarely affected before in Iraq, such as the southern governorates. In 2003, in the aftermath of the invasion of the Coalition Forces, Thi Qar Governorate was at high risk for an outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis. This paper describes the cooperation of an international nongovernmental organization and a district primary health care department to restore the visceral leishmaniasis control programme in Thi Qar in 2003 and prevent a major outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis. It also discusses the lessons learned and presents recommendations for the future.

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