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Child and adolescent mental health in Iraq: current situation and scope for promotion of child and adolescent mental health policy

Al-Obaidi, AbdulKareem; Budosan, Boris; Jeffrey, Linda

doi: 10.1097/WTF.0b013e3283387adf
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Violence and instability in Iraq have had highly detrimental effects upon Iraqi children and adolescents. This article summarises the magnitude of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) problems, and the available services in a country suffering from severe and extended conflicts, war, and international isolation. Possible interventions to promote child and adolescent mental health are discussed, including feasible CAMH policy, mental health plans and strategies. Barriers to successful implementation of CAMH services are identified and possible solutions are suggested.

Dr AbdulKareem Al-Obaidi, FICMS(Psych.), Iraqi Consultant psychiatrist and currently is associated with Behman hospital, Cairo –Egypt. Email:

Dr Boris Budosan, M.D., MSc., M.P.H.; Consultant psychiatrist, former INGO International Medical Corps (IMC) Medical Coordinator for Iraq and Roving Mental Health Advisor for the Middle East.

Dr Linda Jeffery, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Centre for addiction studies, Rowan University – New Jersey, USA.

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