Les Roberts, co-author of the Johns Hopkins-Lancet study estimating 655,000 “excess deaths” in Iraq responds to the new UN study estimating a much lower count, the differing definitions of war related casualties and methods of statistical collection between them.
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Les Roberts, PhD, holds has a Masters degree in public health from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins. He did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. He previously served as the Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee. He is a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering where he teaches each fall. He teaches a class entitled Water and Sanitation in Complex Emergencies and the 7-week quantitative component of the Program’s Investigative Methods in Complex Emergencies course.
Roberts is co-author of a study published in October 2006 by the
leading medical journal The Lancet that estimated 655,000 excess deaths
following the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.