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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Support the Basra Epidemiological Study, ICBUW, 29 September 2006

The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons has called for financial support to assist an epidemiological research project in Basra, southern Iraq, where large volumes of DU weapons were used during the wars in 1991 and 2003. This research project, the first of it’s kind in the world, has been carried out on the initiative of the Iraqi doctors themselves, for the health and welfare of the Iraqi people. It aims to assess for the first time the extent to which DU pollution in Basra is damaging civilians' health.

"Doctors from Basra have been reporting a rapid rise in the number of cases of cancers and birth defects since the mid-1990s. They strongly suspect that the environmental damage from pollutants - including DU contamination - released during conflicts may be responsible.


"...main priority in Basra is to establish a reliable cancer registry, which can then act as a solid database for a subsequent epidemiological and environmental health analysis.


At the moment, funding is urgently needed for

- Computers, peripherals and software for analysis of the raw data.

- Training and educating medical personnel.

- Collection and registration of data on cancer cases.

- Developing the second stage of the project that will initiate case control studies on breast cancer and leukaemia.

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