Sunday, November 21, 2004

Connect The Dots

While the fact that malnutrition among children in Iraq more than doubled since the invasion was widely reported, and some noted how the figure changed previously thanks to the Oil For Food program and how figures for the inevitable increased mortality is not mentioned, I will note the connection to the famous Lancet Report (which I analysed here) - the only substantial critique of the Lancet Report was regarding its child mortality rate, as they got a pre-war figure too low in comparison with pre-war estimates by humanitarian agencies working on the ground. (Altough the significance of this critique was always limited, given that an under-sampling of less-healthy-for-mothers areas would only mean an even greater increase in infant mortality.)


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