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Fallujah babies: Under a new kind of siege

While the US military has formally withdrawn from Iraq, doctors and residents of Fallujah are blaming weapons like depleted uranium and white phosphorous used during two devastating US attacks on Fallujah in 2004 for what are being described as "catastrophic" levels of birth defects and abnormalities.

Dr Samira Alani, a paediatric specialist at Fallujah General Hospital, has taken a personal interest in investigating an explosion of congenital abnormalities that have mushroomed in the wake of the US sieges since 2005.

Towards a register of birth and major birth defects in the Gaza Strip: pilot registration study and environmental exposure.

In Al Shifa Hospital, covering 30% of deliveries in government hospitals in the Gaza strip, along 5 months we registered 4027 deliveries. Prevalence of major structural birth defects (BD) diagnosized only clinically was 1.36%, without significant association with gender or intermarriage. We did not found the expected frequency of congenital hearth defects (CHD), since only very severe CHD were diagnosed at birth in the hospital.

Prevalence of children with major structural birth defects in pediatric hospitals of Gaza Strip

The present study aimed to collect and evaluate the available recorded information about the occurrence of major structural birth defects (BD) in the Gaza Strip in patients between 0 and 2 years of age referred to 5 major pediatric hospitals of Gaza strip ( Nassr, Rantissi, Dorra, EGH, and Emarati) and the major pediatric surgeries (Al Shifa and EGH) registered during the first semester of 2010.

Increase of birth defects and miscarriages in Fallujah

Newweapons Press release

Increase in time of birth defects and miscarriages in Fallujah since 2003 and its association with toxic metals load in the population and in newborns and children with birth defects and their families

We present here a full scientific investigation on the birth defects increase in Falluhja. Unusually high frequency of birth defects and miscarriages was observed over the years following 2003, with gradual increase since then and with birth defects frequencies not decreasing up to November 2010.

Four Polygamous Families with Congenital Birth Defects from Fallujah, Iraq

Study to be published soon on International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

 

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Call for data collecting on reproductive health: Newweapons publishes a specific protocol

War has long term effects on reproductive health, but large amounts of data to  are needed to examine the problem. Nwrc has released a protocol to collect data, that every scientific body can use.

In order to help those involved in collection of data in Gaza, Nwrc ha released also a modified version of the protocol.

 

We publish here the text of the call:

Israeli medical humanitarian group is to share alternative Nobel prize

The Tel Aviv based Physicians for Human Rights-Israel will share the
“alternative Nobel prize” for its work, which includes helping
Palestinians, migrant workers, and refugees. The prize, the Right
Livelihood Award, was established in 1980 to “honour and support those
offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges”
and will be awarded in the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on 6
December, four days before the official Nobel prize ceremony.

 


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