Health consequences of 9/11 still being felt a decade on

AS THE 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the health consequences of the terrorist attack continue to be felt around the world, according to a special report in The Lancet.

A themed issue to mark the anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York has highlighted their profound effect on the health of people in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the US.

“The tenth anniversary of 9/11 should be about the people who died, together with the families and communities that have been left behind – not only in America but also in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all places that have suffered terrorist-related incidents worldwide,” an editorial said.

According to a review of the adverse health effects of US government responses to the terrorist attacks, the effects on the health of the people of Afghanistan are stark.

Life expectancy in Afghanistan in 2009 was 48 years, between 6% and 10% of