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Moving medicine in Iraq: The political economy of the pharmaceutical trade

  • Omar Sirri

    Affiliated Researcher, the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto

    باحث منتسب بمعهد الدراسات الإسلامية بجامعة تورنتو

  • Renad Mansour

    Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

    زميل أبحاث أول، تشاتام هاوس

Poor infrastructure and even poorer governance is a critical part of the story of healthcare in Iraq, but so too is the complex issue of the movement and supply of medicines.

Last November, the head of the Iraqi Medical Association, Jassim al-Azzawi, stated that his team was making progress on digitized pharmaceutical prescriptions. This assertion may sound strangely mundane considering the many challenges facing Iraq’s healthcare system. But handwritten medical prescriptions have for years been a point of contention in the country.

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This article was produced with support from the  Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) project, funded by UK Aid from the UK government. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.