Salih al-Hasnawi

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Dr. Salih Mahdi Motlab al-Hasnawi is an Iraqi doctor and politician, who has been the Minister of Health since 30 October 2007.[1] He is a Shia Muslim, but independent of any political party.[2]

He worked professionally as a mental health doctor and was a consultant psychiatrist and Director of Health for Karbala before being appointed to the post of Health Minister.[3]

In January 2008 he reported the results of the "Iraq Family Health Survey" of 9,345 households across Iraq which was carried out in 2006 and 2007 for the World Health Organization and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.[4][5] It estimated that there had been 151,000 deaths from violence (95% uncertainty range, 104,000 to 223,000) from March 2003 through June 2006.[6][7][8][9]

Commenting on this survey, al-Hasnawi said "I believe in these numbers," and described the survey as "a very sound survey with accurate methodology" and said that it indicated "a massive death toll since the beginning of the conflict." [10][11] Al Hasnawi is the first Iraqi and Arabic physician to win the Presidential Medal of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Edinburgh, for his vital role in the improvement of mental health in Iraq and the Middle East. He also had the Fellowship of the faculty of public health (UK) 2011 and a temporary adviser WHO - EMRO in mental health and research for health.

Political offices
Preceded by
Ali al-Shemari
Health Minister of Iraq
2007 - 2010
Succeeded by
Majeed Hamad Ameen


  1. ^ Iraq Moves to Repeal Immunity for Guards, Washington Post, 2007-10-31, accessed on 2008-03-06
  2. ^ SUNNI LEADERS CRITICIZE PARLIAMENT VOTE ON MINISTERS, Radio Free Europe, 2007-10-31, accessed on 2008-03-06
  3. ^ The Military Health System Blog, Dr. Bruno Himmler, 2007-12-06, accessed on 2008-03-06
  4. ^ Alkhuzai AH, Ahmad IJ, Hweel MJ, Ismail TW, et al. (2008). "Violence-Related Mortality in Iraq from 2002 to 2006". New England Journal of Medicine. 358 (2): 484–93. doi:10.1056/NEJMsa0707782. PMID 18184950. January 31, 2008. Supplementary Appendix provided by the authors: [1]
  5. ^ WHO country office in Iraq. Iraq Family Health Survey Archived 2008-06-11 at the Wayback Machine.. World Health Organization (WHO).
  6. ^ "New study says 151,000 Iraqi dead". January 10, 2008. BBC News Online.
  7. ^ "151,000 civilians killed since Iraq invasion". By Sarah Boseley. January 10, 2008. The Guardian.
  8. ^ "W.H.O. Says Iraq Civilian Death Toll Higher Than Cited". By Lawrence K. Altman and Richard A. Oppel Jr.. January 10, 2008. New York Times.
  9. ^ "IRAQ: Civilian Deaths Massive by Any Measure" Archived 2008-12-06 at the Wayback Machine.. By Haider Rizvi. January 11, 2008. Inter Press Service News Agency.
  10. ^ "New study says 151,000 Iraqi dead". BBC News. January 10, 2008.
  11. ^ "W.H.O. Says Iraq Civilian Death Toll Higher Than Cited" By Lawrence K. Altman and Richard A. Oppel Jr. January 10, 2008. The New York Times.