Mortality and Health Survey among IDPs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

in collaboration with Hawler Medical University

LSE PI: Professor Tim Dyson
Co-PI: Dr Nazar P. Shabila
Duration: September 2015 – February 2018

EU/ECHO/Caroline Gluck, Flickr.

This project used a retrospective household survey to estimate death rates and the health status of internally displaced persons (IDPs) following the ISIS onslaught in northern Iraq during the summer of 2014. A representative sample of 1,300 displaced households residing in IDP camps and collective buildings were interviewed.

The project findings have important documentation functions for the international community and have served as inputs for the design of humanitarian relief strategies addressing the urgent health needs of IDPs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The research produced a number of policy-relevant outputs, which can be downloaded below.

This project forms part of the Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme, funded by the Emirates Foundation.


Health Needs and Care Seeking Behaviours of Yazidis and Other Minority Groups Displaced by ISIS into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. PLOS One 2017, 12(8): e0181028.

ISIS' Yazidi GenocideForeign Affairs 2017.

Mortality and kidnapping estimates for the Yazidi population in the area of Mount Sinjar, Iraq, in August 2014: A retrospective household surveyPLOS Medicine 2017, 14(5): e1002297.

Changing views on child mortality and economic sanctions in Iraq: a history of lies, damned lies and statisticsBMJ Global Health 2017, 2: e000311.

Prevalence of non-communicable diseases and access to health care and medications among Yazidis and other minority groups displaced by ISIS into the KRIConflict and Health 2017, 11(4).

Research Team


Tim Dyson | Principal Investigator

Tim is Professor of Population Studies in the LSE Department of International Development.


Nazar P. Shabila | Co-Principal Investigator

Nazar is Lecturer/Researcher of Public Health in the College of Medicine at Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq.


Valeria Cetorelli | Research Officer

Valeria is Research Officer at the LSE Middle East Centre. Her research revolves around the political and social determinants of population health. 


Samim Al-Dabbagh | Survey Supervisor

Samim is Professor of Community Medicine and Head of Department of Community and Family Medicine in the College of Medicine at University of Duhok, Iraq.


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