There has been alot of news coverage of the war on Iraq in the news this spring. But the real war in Iraq has been the war against Polio, and was an incredible success! 14,000 volunteer Iraqi health workers went door to door and immunized over 4 million children under the age of 5, that's over 98% of them.

The project was run by the Iraqi Ministry of Health and supported by UNICEF. Most of the $500,000 price tag for this project was funded by the European Community Humanitarian Office.

I do not known what the impact of this war has had on the other ongoing campaign to irradicate the measles, and the planned immunization of 500,000 Iraqi children. My concern is that the currently defunct Ministry of Health was managing the campaign, with UNICEF's financial and logistical support, including providing half a million doses of vaccine.

If you are interested in this please check back on this node, as I will update it with more information on both immunization projects and the effects this war has had on them.

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I haven't been able to locate a list on E2, of those US and British war heros lost in the Iraq war so I thought I'd share this:

Capt. Philip Stuart Guy, helicopter crash
Color Sgt. John Cecil, Plymouth, England, helicopter crash
Cpl. Stephen John Allbutt, Stoke-on-Trent, England, tank hit by friendly fire
Flight Lt. David Rhys Williams, jet shot down by friendly fire
Flight Lt. Kevin Barry Main, jet shot down by friendly fire
Fusilier Kelan John Turrington, combat
Lance Bombardier Llewelyn Karl Evans, Llandudno, Wales, helicopter crash
Lance Cpl. Barry Stephen, Perth, Scotland, combat
Lance Cpl. Ian Malone, Dublin, Ireland, combat
Lance Cpl. Karl Shearer, killed in accident involving light armored vehicle
Lance Cpl. Matty Hull, combat; friendly fire
Lance Cpl. Shaun Andrew Brierley, road accident
Lt. Andrew Wilson, helicopter collision
Lt. Antony King, Helston, England, helicopter collision
Lt. James Williams, Falmouth, England, helicopter collision
Lt. Marc Lawrence, helicopter collision
Lt. Philip Green, helicopter collision
Lt. Philip West, Budock Water, England, helicopter collision
Maj. Jason Ward, helicopter crash
Marine Christopher R. Maddison, combat
Marine Sholto Hedenskog, helicopter crash
Operator Mechanic Second Class Ian Seymour, helicopter crash
Piper Christopher Muzvuru, combat
Sapper Luke Allsopp, London, combat
Sgt. Les Hehir, Poole, England, helicopter crash
Sgt. Steven Mark Roberts, Bradford, England, combat
Staff Sgt. Chris Muir, Romsey, England, killed while disposing of explosives
Staff Sgt. Simon Cullingworth, Essex, England, combat
Trooper David Jeffrey Clarke, Littleworth, England, tank hit by friendly fire
Warrant Officer Second Class Mark Stratford, helicopter crash

Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, Boise, Idaho, grenade attack
Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, 29, Clio, Michigan, combat
Army 1st Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, Cleveland, Ohio combat
Army 2nd Lt. Jeffrey J. Kaylor, 24, Clifton, Virginia, combat
Army Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27, Easton, Pennsylvania, grenade attack
Army Capt. Edward J. Korn, 31, Savannah, Ga., combat
Army Capt. James F. Adamouski, 29, Springfield, Virginia, helicopter crash
Army Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe, 27, combat
Army Capt. Tristan N. Aitken, 31, State College, Pa., combat
Army Chief Warrant Officer Eric A. Smith, 42, Rochester, New York, helicopter crash
Army Chief Warrant Officer Erik Halvorsen, 40, Bennington, Vermont, helicopter crash.
Army Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, Pecos, Texas, combat
Army Chief Warrant Officer Scott Jamar, 32, Granbury, Texas, helicopter crash
Army Cpl. Henry L. Brown, 22, Natchez, Mississippi combat
Army Cpl. Michael Curtin, 23, Howell, New Jersey, suicide attack
Army Master Sgt. George A. Fernandez, 36, El Paso, Texas
Army Pfc. Anthony S. Miller, 19, San Antonio, Texas combat
Army Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon, 19, Conyers, Georgia, suicide attack
Army Pfc. Gregory P. Huxley Jr., 19, Forestport, New York, combat
Army Pfc. Howard Johnson II, 21, Mobilela., combat
Army Pfc. Jason M. Meyer, 23, Swartz Creek, Michigan, combat
Army Pfc. Joseph P. Mayek, 20, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, weapons accident
Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa, 22, Tuba Cityriz., combat
Army Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon, 20, Palm Bay, Fla., suicide attack
Army Pfc. Wilfred D. Bellard, 20, Lake Charles, Louisiana, vehicle accident
Army Pvt. Brandon Sloan, 19, Bedford Heights, Ohio, combat
Army Pvt. Devon D. Jones, 19, San Diego, California, vehicle fell into ravine
Army Pvt. Johnny Brown, 21, Troyla., vehicle accident
Army Pvt. Kelley S. Prewitt, 24, Alabama, combat.
Army Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, El Paso, Texas, combat
Army Reserve Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, 19, Portland, Oregon, vehicle accident
Army Sgt. 1st Class John W. Marshall, 50, Los Angeles, California, combat
Army Sgt. 1st Class John W. Marshall, 50, Los Angeles, combat
Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, 33, of Tampa, Florida, combat
Army Sgt. 1st Class Randy Rehn, 36, Longmont, Colorado, combat
Army Sgt. Donald Walters, 33, Kansas City, Mo., combat
Army Sgt. Eugene Williams, 24, Highland, New York, suicide attack
Army Sgt. George Edward Buggs, 31, Barnwell, South Carolina, combat
Army Sgt. Jacob L. Butler, 24, Wellsville, Kansas, combat
Army Sgt. Michael Pedersen, 26, Flint, Mich., helicopter crash
Army Sgt. Roderic A. Solomon , 32, Fayetteville, North Carolina, vehicle accident
Army Sgt. Stevon Booker, 34 Apollo, Pa., combat
Army Sgt. Todd J. Robbins, 33, Hart, Michigan., combat
Army Sgt. Wilbert Davis, 40, Hinesville, Ga., vehicle accident
Army Spc. Brandon Rowe, 20, Roscoe, Illinois, combat]
Army Spc. Daniel Francis J. Cunningham, 33, Lewiston, Maine, vehicle accident
Army Spc. Donald S. Oaks Jr., 20, Harborcreek, Pa., combat]
Army Spc. George A. Mitchell, 35, Rawlings, Md., combat
Army Spc. Gil Mercado, 25, of Paterson, New Jersey, weapons accident
Army Spc. Gregory P. Sanders, 19, Hobart, Ind., combat
Army Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, 22, Roswell, Ga., combat
Army Spc. James Kiehl, 22, Comfort, Texas, combat
Army Spc. Larry K. Brown, 22, of Jackson, Mississippi, combat
Army Spc. Mathew Boule, 22, Dracut, Mass., helicopter crash
Army Spc. Richard A. Goward, 32, of Midland, Mich., vehicle accident
Army Spc. Ryan P. Long, 21, Seaford, Deleware, combat
Army Spc. Thomas Arthur Foley III, 23, of Dresden, Tenn., grenade accident
Army Spc. William A. Jeffries, 39, Evansville, Ind., illness
Army Staff Sgt. Lincoln Hollinsaid, 27, Malden, Ill., combat
Army Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais, 23, Ogden, Utah, combat
Army Staff Sgt. Robert A. Stever, 36, Pendleton, Ore., combat
Marine 1st Lt. Brian M. McPhillips, 25, Pembroke, Mass., combat
Marine 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, 38, Vista., Calif., combat
Marine 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr., 31, Tonopah, Nev., combat
Marine 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, Harrison County, Miss., combat
Marine Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, 31, Sherwood, Oregon, helicopter crash
Marine Capt. Benjamin Sammi, 29, Rehoboth, Mass., helicopter crash
Marine Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, St. Anne, Ill., helicopter crash
Marine Capt. Travis Ford, 30, Oceanside, Calif., helicopter crash
Marine Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, 25, of Hialeah, Fla., vehicle accident
Marine Cpl. Bernard G. Gooden, 22, Mount Vernon, N.Y., combat
Marine Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, Houston, helicopter crash
Marine Cpl. Erik H. Silva, 22, Chula Vista, Calif., combat
Marine Cpl. Evan James, 20, La Harpe, Ill., drowned in canal
Marine Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, 22, Indio, Calif., combat
Marine Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin, 21, Fort Worth, Texas, combat
Marine Cpl. Jorge A. Gonzalez, 20, Los Angeles, combat
Marine Cpl. Jose A. Garibay, 21, Costa Mesa, Calif., combat
Marine Cpl. Mark A. Evnin, 21, South Burlington, Vt., combat
Marine Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker, 21, San Diego, combat
Marine Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez, 21, New York, combat
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeff Bohr, 39, San Clemente, Calif., combat
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, 33, Tracy, Calif., combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles, 18, Palm Beach, Fla., combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson, 26, Durham, N.C., non-hostile accident
Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing, 20, Cedar Key, Fla., combat
Marine Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley, 26, Fort Myers, Fla., combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Donald John Cline, 21, Sparks, Nevada, combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski, 26, Buffalo, N.Y., machine gun accident
Marine Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez Del Solar, 20, Escondido, Calif., combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 28, Los Angeles, combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Maglione, 22, Lansdale, Pa., weapons accident
Marine Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams, 31, Yuma, Arizona, combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon, 21, Gallatin, Tenn., combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day, 20, Santa Rosa, Calif., combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Blair, 24, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, combat
Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum, 22, Thornton, Colo., combat
Marine Lance Cpl. William W. White, 24, New York, vehicle accident
Marine Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, Waterville, Maine, helicopter crash
Marine Maj. Kevin G. Nave, 36, White Lake Township, Mich., vehicle accident
Marine Pfc. Chad E. Bales, 20, Coahoma, Texas, non-hostile accident
Marine Pfc. Christian D. Gurtner, 19, Ohio City, Ohio, weapons accident
Marine Pfc. Francisco A. Martinez Flores, 21, Los Angeles, combat]
Marine Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza, 20, Temperance, Mich., combat
Marine Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, Buffalo, N.Y., combat
Marine Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford, 30, Decatur, Ill., combat
Marine Pvt.Nolen R. Hutchings, 19, Boiling Springs, S.C., combat
Marine Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus, 29, Davenport, Iowa, drowned in canal
Marine Sgt. .Brendon Reiss, 23, Casper, Wyoming., combat
Marine Sgt. Brian McGinnis, 23, St. Georges, Del., helicopter crash
Marine Sgt. Duane R. Rios, 25, Hammond, Indiana, combat.
Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, 26, San Luis, Ariz., combat
Marine Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, 31, Ventura, California, combat
Marine Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, 23, Troutville, Va., helicopter crash
Marine Sgt. Nicolas M. Hodson, 22, Smithville, Mo., vehicle accident
Marine Staff Sgt. Donald C. May, Jr., 31, Richmond, Virginia, combat
Marine Staff Sgt. James Cawley, 41, Layton, Utah, combat
Marine Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Waters-Bey, 29, Baltimore, Maryland, helicopter crash]
Marine Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, 42, Enfield, Conneticut, combat]
Marine Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, 26, New York, New York, combat]
Navy Corpsman Michael Vann Johnson Jr., 25, Little Rock, Arkansas, combat]
Navy Lt. Nathan D. White, 30, Mesariz., F/A-18C Hornet lost over Iraq]
Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, La Mesa, California, helicopter collision]
--Thanks to Lt. Smash and CNN for these