A surgeon's dedication saves lives in Mosul, Iraq

16 May 2018 – “Whenever the ambulance pulled up to the hospital and I ran out to treat the patients, I would wonder: will someone from my family be inside?”

Dr Omar Amouri, an orthopedic surgeon, is doing his morning rounds in Hamam al-Alil field hospital, south of Mosul. During peacetime, the Mosul native used to work in one of the city’s main hospitals as a doctor. All of that was upended by the recent conflict, when his daily rounds had to be done under terrifying conditions.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 37 883
Total health expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 6.5
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 50
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.7
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 68.9

Source: Country statistical profiles (2017)

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