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From the mosque to the neighbourhood, everyone is singing Dr Jahanian’s praises

24 May 2018

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Sakineh Majidi’s home on the outskirts of Tehran, the Iranian capital, was shaking from the tremors generated by a powerful earthquake rocking Kermanshah, a city over 400 kilometers away.
But it was her speeding heart that worried her most. “My walls were moving, and my pulse was racing. It was very stressful,” says 63-year-old Sakineh, who suffers from hypertension and pre-diabetes, caused by a diet high in salt, trans fats and sugar. “But we knew what to do. My son came and took me to my doctor.”
The health centre in her district of Shahriar is one of thousands of facilities across Iran benefiting from the government’s drive, backed by the World Health Organization, to deliver health services to all residents.
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A visit to check up hypertension as one of the four risk factors by physician at a health center in Iran

 

World Malaria Day 2018: I.R.Iran committed to eliminate the disease

20 May 2018

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to welcome the Islamic Republic of Iran as a new Participating State.  The Islamic Republic of Iran becomes the 26th country to join the Agency, sealing a long-standing relationship of collaboration between IARC and Iranian scientists.
“The government of Iran has shown its strong commitment to promoting research on cancer prevention and strengtheningcancer control programmes,” says Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC, “Iran can play a key role to promote cancer prevention in the region, in particular in helping setting up quality cancer registration as well as through the unique insights into cancer causes and prevention provided by the Persian cohort study.”
Iran’s membership also reflects the continuing efforts of IARC to include members in regions that are currently underrepresented on its Governing Council.
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Photographs of the ceremonies

 

WHO Representative Dr Christoph Hamelmann and Dr Raeisi, the Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health at the ceremonies of World Malaria Day 2018

 

IRAN joins the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO press release)

18 May 2018

 

 

The ceremonies were held at Imam-Jawad hall on 1st May 2018, under the global theme of “Ready to beat Malaria” with participation of authorities from Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) including Dr Raeisi, Deputy Minister for Public Health; Dr Haghdoost, Deputy Minister for Strategic Planning & Coordination; Dr Gouya, Director of MOHME’s Center for Communicable Diseases Control; distinguished guests from academia, UN agencies, members of the parliament and health volunteers from affected communities. Press Release

 

 

 

World Health Organization: 70 years after foundation

21 May 2018

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WHO celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2018. In this respect, a brand new introductory brochure is now available. read the brochure (PDF)

 

 

Cover page of the WHO brochure on 70th anniversary of its foundation

 

Cutting into trans fat consumption in Iran

14 May 2018

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Iranian households use cooking oil. Lots of it. As of 2004, a government survey found that more than 12% of calories consumed were from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, the main source of trans fats.

Trans fats included more than a third of the fatty acids in those oils, or nearly 5% of daily calorie consumption—double the trans fat intake in the United States of America in 2007, according to a study published that year in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. read more on the main article

 

 

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Ghormeh sabzi, considered to be the national dish of Iran, is a stew prepared with vegetable oil, fresh herbs, beans, onions, and lamb or beef.
Since the trans fat limits went into effect on oils and fats, Iranians can prepare this favored dish trans fat free

 

WHO Country Office participates in Tehran International Book Fair 2018

9 May 2018


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WHO Country Office has joined other United Nations agencies to participate in 31st Tehran International Book Exhibition (TIBF2018) as practiced in previous years. The international book fair is being held from 2 to 12 May 2018, at the main hall of Mosallaye-Imam-Khomeini.

Pictures of the exhibition

 

 

 

Booth of the World Health Organization stands among other UN agencies
participated in the International Hall of the 2018 Tehran International Book Fair

 

Message of WHO's acting Regional Director on World Health Day 2018

23 April 2018


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The video message of Dr Jaouad Mahjour, WHO's acting Regional Director for Eastern Mediterranean on the occasion of World Heath Day 2018 was played back at the "Provincial Health Assembly" ceremonies held as one of the celebrating days for "National Health Week" in I.R.Iran.
 

The video message has inaugurated the ceremonies along with citation of its Persian translation, also with participation of H. E. Dr Hashemi the Minister of Health and Medical Education, Members of Parliament, a number of MOHME and several national authorities.

 

Message of WHO's acting Regional Director for Eastern Mediterranean on the occasion of World Health Day 2018 (pdf 260kB)

Video message of Dr Jaouad Mahjopur, acting Regional Director for Eastern Mediterranean
 is played back on the occasion of World Health Day 2018 
 

 

Dr Christoph Hamelmann has been assigned as WHO Representative in I.R.Iran

16 April 2018


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WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has assigned Dr Christoph Hamelmann as WHO Representative in I.R.Iran. Dr Hamelmann's previous assignment was the Head of WHO's European Office for Investment for Heath and Development, located in Venice.

 

 

 

Biography of Dr Christoph Hamemann

 

 

Dr Christoph Hamelmann, WHO Representative
for the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

 

Outstanding achievement of Iranian students in the World Health Day 2018 Art Competition

April 2018

Every year, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean countries encourages students of those countries to participate in art competition and submit their drawings with the theme of the year "Universal Health Coverage: Health for All" for a prize. This year, Twelve Iranian student has achieved titles from first to fifth rank at the latest art competition 2018. read more...

 

Iranian students who have received the prizes

 

 

 

Surveillance on Aedes Mosquito-Borne diseases in Sistan & Baluchistan province

February 2018

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In order to assess entomological surveillance of Aedes mosquitoes in I.R. of Iran, Dr. Raman Velayudhan, the WHO's coordinator for Vector Ecology and Management, Dr Omid Zamani from WHO country Office  and a  group of experts from Diseases Control Department of the Ministry of Health of I.R.Iran has visited the districts of Chabahar and Nikshahr at the province of Sistan & Baluchistan at southeast of Iran.

 

 

 

 

 

Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

24 January 2018

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Theme of the World Health Day 2018 has been selected as "Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere" is order to highlight the slogan of Health For All.
A regional art competition on this subject has been launched, in which all students in the countries of Eastern Mediterranean Region are invited to submit their drawings.

In I.R.Iran, the announcement is shared via Ministry of Health and Medical Education and Ministry of Education, with schools across the country by which students at age between 8 and 18 are encouraged to participate in this drawing competition. read more about UHC

 

Dr Zafar Mirza has been assigned as Acting WHO Representative in I.R.Iran

1 January 2018

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Following the retirement of Dr Sameen Siddiqi, WHO Regional Office has assigned Dr Zafar Mirza as Acting WHO Representative in I.R.Iran. Dr Mirza is currently Director of Health System Development department at the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO/EMRO), located in Cairo, Egypt.

read more about Dr Zafar Mirza

 

WHO airlifts medical supplies to treat wounded in Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq earthquake

16 November 2017

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WHO has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the treatment of thousands people injured as a result of the recent earthquake in the Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq border region.

The supplies, enough to provide surgical care for up to 4000 trauma patients, were transported from WHO’s emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province in western Islamic Republic of Iran on 16 November at 10.30am local time. They were immediately delivered to hospitals and other health facilities receiving the injured.

“Additional trauma kits are available in WHO’s emergency logistical centre in Dubai and will be delivered as needed to health facilities reporting shortages. Special emphasis will also be given to identifying specific health needs as a result of current colder temperatures in affected areas,” said Dr Michel Thieren, WHO Regional Emergency Director. “While there is no direct link between earthquakes and disease outbreaks, close monitoring for cases of infectious diseases, especially waterborne diseases, is also required.”

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Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Mahmoud M. Fikri has passed away

18 October 2017

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization announces with great sadness the death of Dr Mahmoud M Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The Organization extends its sincere condolences to Dr Fikri’s family and his colleagues and friends throughout WHO and the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

His Excellency Dr Hassan G. Hashemi, the Minister of Health and Medical Education of I.R.Iran has submitted his letter of condolences to the World Health Organization in this respect.

 

WHO organized a planning workshop for National Hepatitis Strategic Plan

26 Sep 2017

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WHO Country Office organized a planning workshop for National Hepatitis Strategic Plan in order to improve the planning skills of counterparts as well as advocating for stakeholders’ ownership of the plan and consolidating developed strategies and objectives. The workshop was a 2 day intensive activity facilitated by WHO experts (from Headquarters, Regional and country Office), the MOHME and a national consultant.
Recently a Situation Analysis report had been made available by a WHO consultant about the Hepatitis B & C in Iran. Thus team of directorate for Communicable Disease and Hepatitis program in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education [MOH&ME] , staff working in medical universities and Hepatitis B & C strategic stakeholders in Iran gathered to contribute to developing a National Strategic Plan and WHO provided technical support in the development of the plan.
The purpose of the workshop was to determine goals and objectives and develop main strategies for National Strategic Plan for Hepatitis B&C and to improve the planning skills of public health professionals who are associated with the MOH&ME and medical universities in Iran.
Dr Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, Director of Center for Communicable Diseases Control inaugurated the workshop and expressed his support for this initiative. He also presented up to date information on the epidemiology of Hepatitis B & C in Iran for the participants.
Dr Handa Harmanci, Medical Officer, Global Hepatitis Programme at WHO/HQ and Dr Hamida Khattabi, Medical Officer HIV & Hepatitis at WHO/EMRO presented global and regional strategic framework for viral Hepatitis and assisted the national team of experts in aligning the National Plan with “Global Strategies” and “Framework for Regional Action for Hepatitis”.
Moreover a road map for next steps has been agreed upon by the core planning group to expedite accomplishment of national strategic plan for viral hepatitis (B&C) enclosed with costed plan of action and M&E framework.
 

 

WHO supports the consultative meeting on strengthening HIV surveillance system

01 August 2017


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Numerous participants from various sectors have attended the consultative meeting on strengthening the HIV surveillance system by incorporating new methodologies for mapping and estimating the size of key populations. The meeting was conducted by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education's Center for Communicable Diseases Control as well as the department of Mental Health and Addiction.

The WHO Country Office in Iran has supported the meeting through inviting two distinguished scholars from University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), namely Prof. William Mc Farlan and Dr. Paul Wesson to explore possibilities for incorporating new methods into the surveillance system of the country. Participants from different sectors shared their experiences of using different methods, their concerns and challenges for conducting new research studies. The consultants from UCSF facilitated the discussions about data gaps, information needs, methodological options and in developing a framework of action over 5 phases for the next steps. A team of experts from MoHME, Kerman Collaborating Center and Knowledge Hub for HIV/STI Surveillance will continue the discussions together with WHO Regional HIV Advisor, Dr Gabrielle Riedner and the consultants to further refine and develop the protocols and an action plan in coming days.

 
 

 

WHO Regional Director visits a health house in Tehran's downtown

04 July 2017


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Dr Mahmoud Fikri the WHO's Regional Director for Eastern Mediterranean Region has visited Iran from 3-5 July in order to participate in "Consultative Meeting on addressing the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance". During his short travel to Tehran, he visited Sharif Municipality Health House and Shahid Kazemian Urban Health Center, both in west of Tehran. Dr Fikri also met H. E. Dr Hashemi the Minister of Health and Medical Education, and Dr Sayyari the MOHME's Deputy Minister for Public Health.

 
 
 
 

Consultative meeting on addressing the challenge of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR)

03 July 2017


photo: WHO

The Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) in the Islamic Republic of Iran organized a two day meeting on 3-4 July 2017, with technical support of World Health Organization (WHO) to highlight the challenges associated with AMR, advocate for the multi-sectoral approaches for tackling these, present the national AMR action plan developed by Iran, and invite neighbouring countries to share experiences and lessons.

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WHO acknowledges I.R.Iran as a fast-track country on beating Non-Communicable Diseases

04 July 2017


photo: WHO

IraPEN has been successfully piloted in Iran’s four main districts and its nationwide scale-up has begun in at least one district per province. IraPEN is part of the national health transformation plan, launched in 2014 by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, to provide universal health coverage, including access to NCD prevention and care, and mental health services.

Across Iran, and thanks to the health transformation plan, the 11 key essential medicines for treating NCDs are available in the public health system. Their import prices have also fallen (a relative reduction of 26.5%). Almost all Iranians (over 96%) are covered by health insurance, including 10 million people from marginalized areas.
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National action plan for NCDs prevention and control in Iran

 
 

 

World No Tobacco Day 2017

17 May 2017

Every year on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. more info...
High resolution poster of the World No Tobacco Day 2017 is available here: Click here 
 
 

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as WHO Director General

24 May 2017

The Member States of WHO have elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. He will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007. read more...
 
 
 

Workshop on Technical Report Writing for Policy Makers

21 May 2017

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, WHO Country Office has conducted a two-day workshop on 21 and 22 May 2017 at the premises of Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) in order to share updates and latest information on most efficient methods and strengthening skills on the subject of technical report writing, addressing the national counterparts.
 
 
 

WHO participates in 2017 Tehran International Book Fair

3 May 2017


As practiced in previous years and in coordination with other UN agencies, WHO country office participates in Tehran International Book Fair which is held from 3 to 13 May 2017, at the Shahr-e-Aftab exhibition center. more info...

Pictures of the exhibition

 
 
 

"Save lives, Clean your hands" is the theme of 2017 World Hand Hygiene Day

3 May 2017

See the poster of the World Hand Hygiene Day 2017 in English language
 
 

 

EMT mission conducted in Iran to scale up operational readiness of the country’s health sector

2 May 2017
WHO team comprising of experts from Country Office, Region Office and HQ, conducted a mission in Iran from April 22-27, 2017 to assess and assist the country’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT) system with the purpose of strengthening the response capacity across all-hazard emergencies. The mission brought together different stakeholders to discuss the most updated global practices and mechanisms. (read more...)

 

 
 

 

WHO participates in ceremonies of international photo exhibition on mental health

26 April 2017

WHO Representative in I.R.Iran addresses mental health updates

Dr Sameen Siddiqi, the WHO Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran has addressed mental health updates during the celebration ceremonies of the 4th International Exhibition of Photography on Mental Health, held in Zanjan on 25th April 2017.

 

 

World Health Day - 2017
7 April 2017

Message of WHO Regional Director, Dr Mahmoud Fikri on the occasion of World Health Day 2017:

"Depression is a debilitating illness in which people feel overwhelming sadness, lose interest in activities they enjoy and find it difficult to carry out daily tasks. Currently more than 300 million people around the world have depression. It can affect anyone, but populations experiencing humanitarian crises, conflicts and displacement are especially vulnerable. Although effective treatment is available, stigma may prevent people from seeking it...." (read more)
 

 

 

World Hearing Day - 2017
3 March 2017

"Action for hearing loss" is the theme of World Hearing Day for this year. For more information click here.

 

 

 

Strategic Purchasing workshop
29 February 2017

The workshop on Strategic Purchasing was conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) in February 2017 at Tehran, I.R.Iran

 

 
 

 

 

Developing Skill on Health Planning
11 November 2016

The international workshop on Developing Skill on Health Planning was conducted by Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) on November 7th to 10th, 2016 In Tehran, I.R.Iran

 

 
 

 

 

Global Health Diplomacy, I.R.Iran
28 August 2016

Global Health Diplomacy course was conducted by Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) on August 14th to 16th, 2016 In Tehran, I.R.Iran

 

(more information on WHO global health diplomacy).
 

 

 

Consultation on Capacity Building for Public Sector Hospital Managers

7 June 2016

The consultation meeting was conducted on "Capacity Building for Public Sector Hospital Managers" by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) on dates 5th & 6th June 2016 In Tehran, I.R.Iran

 

 
 

 

 

World Malaria Day 2016
4 May 2016

The message of Dr Sameen Siddiqi, the WHO Representative in I.R.Iran on the occasion of World Malaria Day 2016, which was celebrated by the Ministry of Health of Iran, on 25 April in Hamedan  (click here).

 

 WHO's other publications on Malaria

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHO participates to the 2016 Tehran International Book Fair

2 May 2016

The Country office of the World Health Organization participates among the other UN agencies to Tehran International Book Fair, held from 4 to 14 May 2016 at Shahr-e-Aftab exhibition complex (read more...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUMS celebrates 50th anniversary of the School of Public Health

16 March 2016

Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) will conduct the 1st International Conference on Health Sustainable Development on 24&25 April 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School of Public Health. More information is available through the following link: (www.hsdc.ir)

 

 Poster original size (2.4MB PDF)

 

 

 

 

WHO's fact sheet on Zika virus

7 February 2016

the fact sheet of WHO about Zika virus is available through the following URL:
 
 

 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en

 

WHO's application on Zika virus are available here:

 

 

www.who.int/risk-communication/zika-virus/app/en

 

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