The provision of healthcare is a priority in Iraq, with the government allocating an estimated $5 billion annually to cover it, and creating three committees to work on a new draft healthcare law.
So far this year, we've seen several initiatives in the sector, including:
- USAID and the Iraqi Ministry of Health hosting the Second Annual Conference of Primary Health Care and Preventive Medicine in Baghdad in February;
- The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announcing the development of two new clinics for pilgrims in Najaf and Karbala;
- Work starting on a $350-million project to build an integrated, modern 'medical city' in Baghdad;
- Japan's Shimadzu winning a contract to supply X-ray equipment to the Iraqi government.