A response to criticism of our estimates of under-5 mortality in Iraq, 1980-98.

Blacker, John; Ali, Mohamed M; Jones, Gareth; (2007) A response to criticism of our estimates of under-5 mortality in Iraq, 1980-98. Population studies, 61 (1). pp. 7-13. ISSN 0032-4728

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According to estimates published in this journal, the number of deaths of children under 5 in Iraq in the period 1991-98 resulting from the Gulf War of 1991 and the subsequent imposition of sanctions by the United Nations was between 400,000 and 500,000. These estimates have since been held to be implausibly high by a working group set up by an Independent Inquiry Committee appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General. We believe the working group's own estimates are seriously flawed and cannot be regarded as a credible challenge to our own. To obtain their estimates, they reject as unreliable the evidence of the 1999 Iraq Child and Maternal Mortality Survey--despite clear evidence of its internal coherence and supporting evidence from another, independent survey. They prefer to rely on the 1987 and 1997 censuses and on data obtained in a format that had elsewhere been rejected as unreliable 30 years earlier.

Item Type: Article
PubMed ID: 17365870
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/19866


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