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The BSG mission possible: the potential and challenges of setting up a colorectal cancer screening programme in Iraq
  1. Laith Alrubaiy1,
  2. Ali K Q Al-Rubaye2
  1. 1 Gastroenterology, St Mark's Hospital and Academic Institute, London, UK
  2. 2 Depatment of Public Health and Reserach, Basrah College of Medicine, Basrah, Iraq
  1. Correspondence to Laith Alrubaiy, Gastroenterology, St Mark's Hospital and Academic Institute, London, UK; laithalrubaiy{at}

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We write to update you on the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) funded visit to Iraq in 2021. The BSG International Committee’s strategy is to show the role of the BSG in delivering best care and outcomes for patients with the gastrointestinal and liver disease worldwide. Using the UK model to deliver healthcare in developing countries is not a straightforward process. With the world recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent political and economic instabilities in certain parts of the world, the mission of the BSG abroad will face new challenges.

Despite the challenges associated with the recent pandemic and the travel restrictions, the BSG sanctioned a short visit to Basra, in …

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  • Contributors LA planned, conducted, reported and managed the project. AA-R planned and conducted the project in Iraq and obtained the required local approvals and documents needed.

  • Funding The project was funded by the International section of the BSG.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.