Co-author of Iraq war-mortality study to speak at UW

Dr. Riyadh Lafta, a professor of medicine at Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, Iraq, will give a lecture on the state of public health in Iraq at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the University of Washington.

Lafta was co-author of a 2013 study published in PLOS Medicine that concluded at least 461,000 “excess” Iraqi deaths occurred in Iraq between 2003 and 2011; those were defined as fatalities that would not have occurred in the absence of a U.S.-led military invasion and occupation.

He has collaborated with global health researchers at UW, Johns Hopkins University and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia on studies of the effects of war on public health. Lafta is in the United States to address the American Public Health Association meeting next month in Denver on a scientific session on war and health.

Lafta’s lecture, “Life in Baghdad today: Thirteen years after the U.S. invasion, what is the state of public health?” is from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the William H. Foege Genome Sciences Auditorium (S-060).  Location and parking instructions


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