Mosul’s Ongoing Battle—for Healthcare

The battle for Mosul ended a year ago, but people are returning by the thousands—and finding a healthcare system in ruins, Médecins Sans Frontières reports.
 
For a population of 1.8 million people, there are still less than 1,000 hospital beds—half the minimum standard for a humanitarian context.
 
The greatest needs include emergency services, surgical, oncology and burns facilities, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, along with mental health care, pain management and physiotherapy for war-wounded patients. But Mosul’s hospitals report a shift to injuries related to the city’s dangerous living conditions: a lack of water and electricity, damaged buildings and lingering explosive devices.
 
Médecins Sans Frontières

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