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Iraqi Schools Pose Health Risks

PRAGUE -- Forty-eight percent of Iraq's primary schools do not meet the minimum requirements for hygiene, according to a survey taken of 150 randomly picked schools in eight provinces, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.

Dr. Faeza Majid of the World Health Organization (WHO) told RFI that the research -- gathered by four Iraqi ministries working with the WHO in 2007-2008 -- detailed serious health risks in classrooms, bathrooms, on playgrounds, and in drinking water.