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Dr Mohammad Reza MOHAMMADI from I. R. Iran won the award of the Dr A.T. Shousha Foundation Prize for 2013

This year the WHO Executive Board awarded the Dr A.T. Shousha Foundation Prize for the 2013 to Dr Mohammad Reza MOHAMMADI, Head of the Psychiatry and Psychology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, for his significant contribution to public health in the I.R. Iran, particularly in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry. The prize was presented to Dr Mohammadi during the 60th Session of the Regional Committee, which was hold in Tunis-Tunisia, on 27-30 October 2013. The prize consists of a medal and the sum of two thousand five hundred Swiss Francs.

The Dr A.T. Shousha Foundation Prize is awarded to a person having made the most significant contribution to any health problem in the geographical area in which Dr. A.T. Shousah served WHO, namely, the Eastern Mediterranean Region.




Iran Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO) is designated as WHO Collaborating Center for Blood Safety, 6 November 2013

The WHO Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Research and Training on Blood Safety officially inaugurated on 6 November 2013 with participation of high rank officials from IBTO, different departments of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, UN agencies, WHO and media.

Dr. Fariba Seighali, Head, International Affairs Department, IBTO, opened the ceremony by presenting a short summary on designation process of the center and their activities.

The ceremony continued with Dr Jihane TAWILAH, WHO Representative in I. R. Iran, remarks, regarding the role of WHO collaborating centers in general, and WHO’s expectation from the center in particular, for knowledge sharing and assisting the Member States with access to safe blood and blood products. During the ceremony, Dr Tawilah presented the designation letter to Professor Ali Akbar PourFatollah, Director, Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO), and congratulated him and the team for their efforts and success in designation of the IBTO as WHOCC for aperiod of 4 years as of 1 September 2013 till end of 1 September 2017.

In his address, Dr Pour Fatollah, referred to the IBTO’s long experience in, providing access to safe blood and blood products, through systems based on 100% voluntary unpaid blood donations. At the end of the ceremony the plaque of the WHOCC was unveiled by Dr Tawilah and Professor Pourfatollah.



World No Tobacco Day 2013…..ban tobacco advertising to protect young people, 14 June 2013

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and the Ministry of Health and Medical Education jointly with other partners mark and commemorate the World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

This year, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education celebrated the day on 29 May 2013, under the theme: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Iran highlights the event during a week with an identical theme for each day. more... (pdf)



Commemorating World Malaria Day in Hormozgan, 09 May 2013

World Malaria Day was commemorated in Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan province, on 9th May 2013 with the participation of the Government, National Parliament, Academia, and teams from World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). more... (pdf)



Iran celebrates the World AIDS Day 2012: reaching zero HIV cases by 2015

Tehran-Iran, 1 December 2012

 Joining hands with the world community, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education celebrated the WAD 2012 under the theme of reaching zero HIV cases by 2015. The ceremony was attended by H.E. the  Minister for Health and Medical Education, Deputy for Health, Director of the Center for Disease Control,  high rank officials, chancellors of the medical universities, WHO, UNAIDS as well as heads of other UN agencies,  media, and activists in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. Read more...




World Health Day 2012 and Health Week in I. R. Iran, 6-12 April 2012

The Ministry of Health and Medical Education celebrated the World Health Day 2012, during the Health Week starting on 6th April and ending on 12 April, under the theme of “good health adds life to years”, and with one identical but relevant theme for each day. read more...





World No Tobacco Day was celebrated by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, 31 May 2011

This year the World No Tobacco Day, under the theme of “WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)” was officially celebrated in Tehran on 31st May 2011 in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME). WHO has selected FCTC as the theme to highlight the importance of the treaty, to stress Parties' obligations under the treaty, and to promote the essential role of the Conference of the Parties and WHO in supporting country efforts. more news and photos ...




16-19 May 2011, The First International Congress on Health Education & Promotion in Tabriz

Tabriz University of Medical Sciences will be the venue of the above mentioned congress to be held from 16th to 19th of May. This is the First International and fourth National Congress on Health Education and Promotion and also the First International Congress of Medical Bacteriology. Click on the following link for more information:





7 April 2011, World Health Day and Health week in Iran


The Ministry of Health and Medical Education hold the Health, Happiness and Development Fair, in Tehran’s Mossala (prayer ground), from 7 to 13 April 2011, on the occasion of the Health week and under the theme of the World Health Day: Antimicrobial Resistance and its Spread Worldwide.


The aim was raising public awareness and sharing health related information and achievements as well as creating joyful environment for different age group of audiences. Relevant partners and departments of the MOHME as well as WHO country office were participated in the Fair. The Fair started on 7th April, however official inauguration by the Minister of Health and Medical Education accompanied with senior officials, was took placed on 9 April 2011.


The WHO country office used this opportunity for advocating about its activities in Iran and its strategic objectives as well as sharing the WHD’s brochure, displaying slideshow of selected drawings and presenting the 5 winners of Art Competition.




Workshop of Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis for ECO Member States


A three-day workshop on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis for ECO member states commenced at Tehran University of Medical Sciences on October 17, 2010. The workshop has been organized by TUMS Osteoporosis Research Center, TUMS Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. The Iranian Ministry of Health, Economic Cooperation Organization, TUMS Deputy for Research, the World Health  Organization Country Office in Iran, the Iranian Osteoporosis Network and the Iranian Osteoporosis Society have cooperated to help hold the workshop.





National Tuberculosis Control Programme In-depth review mission in Iran, Sep 2010:


From 18-23 September 2010, a team of technical experts from WHO Regional office, Headquarter, and countries of Eastern Mediterranean Region came to I.R.Iran to make an in-depth review on ongoing National Tuberculosis Programme in Iran. The main objective of this mission being conducted frequently each three to five years in the region is reviewing existing status and progress of the control programmes in countries, identifying bottlenecks based on observation and requests of host countries and finally, technical assistance to target countries for  solving identified constrains and weaknesses. It is obvious that highlighting achievements of countries and sharing their strengths and best practices with others is considered as well.

The team of this mission consisted of six technical advisors from Stop TB unit of EMRO, Global Drug Facility Focal Point in EMRO, Technical Advisor on TB from HQ, Head of Supra-National Laboratory of Egypt, NTP manager of Jordan and international consultant on Laboratory from Austria.

During this mission, TB control program was reviewed through visiting Public Health Care system, Private sector, Drug facilities, Drug and Supply Chain Management system, Stop TB Partnership in area of three provinces, five Universities of Medical sciences. view photos





Meeting of G5 Senior Officials in Tehran, 14-15 September 2010

G5 senior Officials Meeting was held on 14-15 September 2010 at the conference Hall of the Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran- Iran.

The G5 is a Memorandum of Understanding signed 5 years ago by the Ministry of Health of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and WHO Regional Director in order to enhance an inter-country cooperation for control, elimination and eradication of major communicable disease including Malaria, Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF). The main theme of this meeting was “Joint Work for Solving Joint Problems in Line with Promoting health in the Region”. view photos





Assessment mission on MDR (Multi Drug Resistant) Tuberculosis to I.R.Iran, 1-5 August 2010

I.R. Iran plans to develop clinical management of MDR on several clinical facilities in provincial level and sprovide training opportunities for professional staff. In line with the Global Fund project for TB, training workshops are suggested to be conducted jointly by national and international experts in order to transfer knowledge to leading professional and peripheral levels, as well as to reduce knowledge gap between the national professionals. An assessment mission is planned to analyze the current MDR situation and make necessary recommendations for way forward re-training and scaling up of MDR care. In this regard, Dr Salem Barghout, the TB coordinator form WHO/EMRO has carried out a five day visit during the above mentioned dates to assess developments made to Tehran and Tabriz cities.





Meeting on Family Physician was held  between professionals from WHO/EMRO and MOH&ME on 17 July 2010, Tehran, Iran

A major achievement of PHC in Iran over the past 20 years has been the improvement of rural health and the near elimination of health disparities between higher-income urban populations and the rural poor. Nearly 100% of rural population has access to PHC services delivered in Health Houses and family physician in Rural Health centers. As an example, in 1974 the infant mortality rate was 120 and 62 per thousand live births for rural and urban areas, respectively. By 2000, however, both the level and the differential of infant mortality had declined considerably, to 30 for rural areas and 28 for urban ones.


However, the main weakness is the lack of Family Physician in Urban areas which is compensated by the private sector. The private sector in addition to providing PHC facilities plays a major role in the provision of secondary and tertiary care. However, there is a growing realization among the politicians and the government to address the problem of family physician in urban areas and thus address the high out of pocket expenditures. 3 provinces have been selected as the pilot areas. These include the Khoozestan, Sisitan Baluchestan and Char Mahal Bakhtiari provinces


In line with this, a meeting was held on 17 July 2010 in the International Relations Department of the Ministry of Health, between WHO and MOHME in which Medical University officials from the above mentioned provinces also participated. Dr Sameen Siddiqi, DHS coordinator, WHO/EMRO presented a presentation on different aspects of family physician program emphasizing on the importance of proper training for the medical doctors to be able to undertake the tasks of family physicians. Dr Emami Razavi, Deputy Minister for Curative Affairs and Dr Shariati, head of Centre for Network Management also provided useful information on the current work going on in Iran. Dr Ambrogio Manenti, WHO representative highlighted important aspects for better implementation of the program providing examples from successful experiences in other countries. The meeting was a good opportunity for sharing points of view and interaction.





National workshop for Expansion of the Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative, 14 – 17 July, 2010, Tehran, Iran

Patient safety is a fundamental principle of health care. Every point in the process of care-giving contains a certain degree of inherent unsafety. Adverse events may result from problems in practice, products, procedures or systems.  In October 2004 WHO launched a patient safety programme in response to a World Health Assembly Resolution (2002) urging WHO and Member States to pay the closest possible attention to the problem of patient safety. Its establishment underlined the importance of patient safety as a global health-care issue. Considering the importance of this topic, it has been included in the JPRM activities for 2010-11 including a workshop to increase the knowledge of the national counterparts regarding patient safety issues and the assessment of patient safety using the “WHO manual for assessing patient safety”. Participants were chosen from 10 different types of hospitals (university and non-university) comprising of three participants from each hospital, including a physician, a nurse and a manager

The workshop included interactive sessions, panel and group discussions covering the following topics:

  • Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

  • Overview of  the PSFHI Assessment Manual

  • Challenges to patient safety in Iran hospitals

  • Patient safety standards

  • Assessment methodology based on PSFHI Manual

  • Leveling and scoring patient safety standards

  • PSFHI: Tools and instruments

  • Outline of a PSFH assessment report

  • Assessing the magnitude of adverse events [medical errors] in hospitals

  • Next steps towards expansion of Patient Safety in Iran

On the second day of the workshop, a visit was arranged to one of the hospitals, i.e. Chamran hospital where practical training was provided using the WHO Patient Safety manual

A participatory approach was used throughout the workshop, keeping the formal presentations to the minimum with more time allocated to interactive discussions, questions and group work. The local experts also shared their experiences.





Capacity Building Workshop on Health Systems Development for MOH&ME Officials and University Chancellors 11 – 14 July 2010

Health system is the platform on which all the health programs perform. Therefore, its weakness or strength can directly influence health outcomes. A good understanding of health system components, functions and performance assessment by the concerned responsible persons and authorities is fundamental. It is important to keep in mind that many of the decisions that can influence health of the people are made outside the health sector, so all responsible persons whether in the health sector or outside health sector should reach a common understanding of the health system terminology and should be aware of how their choices can influence the health outcomes. Iran is a country facing demographic and epidemiological transitions; which reflects the need for a shift towards more comprehensive thinking about the performance of the health system as a whole considering PHC as the central theme.  

In this regard WHO country office in Iran in collaboration with MOH&ME conducted a capacity building workshop on Health Systems Development which aimed to cover the following objectives:

  • Increased knowledge about health system & HS strengthening

  • Retooled health professionals in health system performance assessment (analytical tools)

  • Increased awareness about institutionalization & internalization of analytical tools (support of academia)

  • Enrichment of health system performance assessment framework

  • Involvement of academics in training on Health System Strengthening at country level

The workshop included interactive sessions, panel and group discussions, problem solving exercises, case studies and group work. The experience of the local experts was also used in areas such as Social Determinants of Health. A participatory approach was used throughout the workshop, keeping the formal presentations to the minimum with more time allocated to interactive discussions, experience sharing and group work. View photos





Iranian Anti Tobacco Association was awarded for the WNTD2010 prize, by WHO/EMRO

The Iranian Anti Tobacco Association (IATA) was founded by a group of physicians and benevolent people in 1983. IATA’s key aims include: increasing society’s knowledge about the harms of tobacco; establishing cessation clinics; reducing tobacco consumption, particularly among young people and women; and enacting tobacco control laws.  Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) presents several awards to key people and/or organizations that have made invaluable contributions to tobacco control and that have helped make World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), its theme and celebration a great success. These awards are a sentiment of appreciation on behalf of WHO to the great efforts and time that these people and/or organizations have invested in the campaign as well as in fighting tobacco.

This year, IATA was awarded among five other for the prize. Click here for more information on this issue. View photos



Visit of the team of National Regulatory Authority to Iran, 3-6 May 2010

Biological medicinal products, such as vaccines, blood and blood products, diagnostics, gene therapy, biotechnology products, cytokines and growth factors, and cell and tissue products rely heavily on international standardization to ensure their quality and their equivalence across manufacturers. For over a half-century, WHO has been active in the field of biological standardization, bringing together scientists and policy makers on a global scale to find consensus approaches to the manufacturing, testing and regulatory oversight of these medicinal products. The main aim of WHO vaccine prequalification program is to ensure the Vaccines used in immunization programs are safe and effective. As a prerequisite for prequalification of vaccines by WHO, The National Regulatory Authority responsible of the product is should be "functional" as per assessment performed using the WHO established indicators.


WHO has conducted four formal assessments to document and follow recommendations to strengthen the Iranian vaccine regulatory system (1997, 2002, 2004 and 2006), and ten follow up visits until now. The last follow up visit was in March 2010 and the last final assessment was conducted on 3-6 May 2010.


Overall the WHO NRA assessment findings show that all functions are now implemented and all critical indicators for the WHO vaccine prequalification are met. Most of the regulatory functions had achieved a score that ranged from 83% to 97% sub indicators implemented with 100% of critical indicators implemented. This great success was celebrated on the last day, 6 May 2010, with the presence of HE Dr Rahimi, vice-president, HE Dr Vahid Dastjerdi, the Minister of Health and other high rank officials from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. The WHO team from WHO/HQ, WHO/EMRO and WHO country office, was appreciated for its efforts during the ceremony.


This is of course the first step towards a long path ahead, which demands continuous follow up and attention. WHO provided its recommendations in order to maintain this success and improve further in the end of the ceremony. View photos

 Speech of Dr Manenti at the ceremony






2nd National Disaster Health Management and Risk Reduction training course

Tehran University of Medical Sciences in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) organizes the 2nd National Disaster Health Management and Risk Reduction training course (DHMR-2) at Tehran University of Medical Sciences from 1-12 May 2010. The objective of this 12 day training course is to strengthen national training capacities in Disaster Preparedness and Management and provide a venue for exchange of knowledge and insights and a means for fostering support for initiatives within the health sector of Iran to enhance capacity in disaster management.


21 managers and technical officers of Emergency Management Centers (EMC) from 9 provinces of the country have participated the training course. DHMR curriculum has been developed by a joint collaboration between World Health Organization (WHO) technical consultants and School of Public Health of Tehran University of Medical Sciences through a grant awarded from International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).


On the day of opening ceremony, Dr Ambrogio Manenti, WHO Representative in Iran inaugurated the course by delivering his speech on the importance of risk reduction, emergency preparedness and management during disasters. view photos...








World Asthma Day in Iran, 2 May 2010


The Iranian Society of Asthma and Allergy conducted the Thirteenth Conference on the World Asthma Day in Imam Hall of Imam Khomeini Hospital, on 3rd May 2010.

The ceremony was chaired by Dr Mostafa Moein, the President of the Iranian Society of Asthma and Allergy. 

On this occasion other speakers made presentations on asthma diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control. Dr Ambrogio Manenti, WHO Representative in Iran, delivered the message of Dr Hussein Gezairy, WHO Regional Director of Eastern Mediterranean Region, on the occasion of World Asthma Day 2010.

In addition to a film show, stalls were also organized by activist groups, societies and organizations. View the photos from the World Asthma Day 2010 ceremony.








First International conference on Urban-HEALTH, 24 – 25 April 2010

Tehran – Iran



The first national conference on Urban Health has been organized by Tehran Municipality in collaboration with Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS). The conference conducted in Razi conference hall of IUMS. The purpose of the conference was not only to review best practices, researches and studies on the health issues in the urban areas but also to inform related authorities on establishment of scientific committee for urban health in Iran due to large number of urbanization in Iranian (more than 65% of total population). The participants were faculty members from different universities, researchers, experts of Tehran municipality in different departments, along with experts and directors from MOH and other related ministries. The subject areas of the conference were; Governance, Food security and Nutrition, Health, Social, cultural, and Economic, and Physical environment and infrastructure.

Following to introducing of Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART) in Iran, which was developed by WHO Kobe Center and has been piloted in Tehran (by Tehran Municipality and school of public health of IUMS) and 4 other cities around the world, illustrated inequity between some of the indicators used in the study among 22 municipal districts. This encouraged the relevant authorities and policy makers whom informed about the result of assessment part of the Urban HEART to put health equity in their agenda with more evidence based approach. This conference provided this ground for showing  political commitment on health equity.


The conference organized 46 scientific sessions in 45 panels along with 245 oral presentation and 400 poster presentations. The conference inaugurated by Dr. Abtahi Chancellor of IUMS, Dr Marandi Head of Steering committee of urban health in the municipality who is also member of parliament and director of academy of medical sciences, speech of Dr. Gezairy Regional Director (RD) of WHO Eastern Mediteranean Region, which was read by Dr. Manenti the WHO Representative in Iran, and Dr. Ghalibaf the Mayor of Tehran. The welcome note was given by Dr. Ayazi, Deputy Mayor for social and cultural affairs. The conference was concluded by the declaration on 11 items from the conference participants. view photos ...











I.R. Iran celebrates World Health Day 2010 

In a ceremony on April 11th at RAZI conference hall, the Ministry of Health & Medical Education in collaboration with other related governmental bodies, celebrated the World Health Day 2010 under the theme of "1000 Cities, 1000 Lives".

The ceremony started by projecting a video spot on "Health & Urbanization" followed by welcoming speech of Dr Aghajani (Head of office of H. E. Minister of Health) then a number of health related officials were awarded. The ceremony was then inaugurated by His Excellency the Vice President Dr Rahimi. The message of  Dr Gezairy , the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Director was read by the WHO Representative Dr Ambrogio Manenti. A slide show was projected showing a collection of the selected drawings from Iranian students who participated in the WHO/EMRO's region-wide art competition on the occasion of WHD-2010.

A group of female students from Tehran's Shahid-Ali-Gol primary school performed a group-song on the stage about health. There were speeches from His Excellency Dr Mahsouli Minister of Welfare , His Excellency Dr Haji Babaee Minister of Education , and Her Excellency Dr Vahid Dastjerdi Minister of Health . At the end of ceremony another group of officials from health related organizations and institutes were awarded as "Health supporters" for their significant role on nationwide development of health. See photos 









Size estimations of key populations at risk of HIV & STI; 11-15 October 2009-The Kerman University of Medical Sciences has been nominated to act as a Regional knowledge hub on HIV/AIDS surveillance. This center has actively contributed in HIV/AIDS surveillance program by translating and publishing a guideline and also by successfully holding the regional workshop. Another regional knowledge hub based in Zagreb also contributed technically in this workshop. Twenty two people participated in the course. The knowledge hub is going to hold another regional workshop with subject of new sampling methods for tackling most at risk populations.










World Sight Day 2009 (WSD)-World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired held on the second Thursday in October. This year the focus is on eye health and equal access care. On 15 October 2009, WHO Collaborating Center, Ophthalmic Research Center, held a seminar at  Labbafinejad Hospital which was attended by television reporters, ophthalmologists, WHO Iran Representative, Chancellor of Shahid Beheshti University and Officials of Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Interactive lectures highlighted the importance of WSD, and provided information on the worldwide situation with regard to gender & eye health while also emphasizing the importance of community participation in assuring the success of programmers to address it. You may refer to the below URL for more information.













Afghan Religious leaders study tour -HIV/AIDS program; 14-16 November 2009

A group of 10 religious leaders of Afghanistan had a study tour to visit the successful HIV/AIDS programs in Iran. For more information please refer to:











WHO Kobe Center Mission to follow up the pilot of Urban Heart
Following to pilot process of Urban Health Equity and Response Tool (HEART) by Tehran Municipality in collaboration with stakeholders, an expert from WHO Kobe Center traveled to Tehran on 21-23 February 2009 to meet with stakeholders involved in carrying out the pilot of Urban HEART and to identify lesson learned, challenges, and to review planned activities to accomplish pilot phase by December 2009. The Urban Health Equity and Response Tool (Urban HEART) has been developed by WHO Kobe Center in Japan to mainstream the recommendations of the Knowledge Network on Urban Settings of the WHO commission on Social Determinants of Health.












Supporting Community Based Rehabilitation Program through Consultancy
An international consultant came to Iran from 23 to 30 January 2009 to provide technical support to Community Based Rehabilitation program and the unit in the State Welfare Organization by training the related experts at national and provisional levels.















The 62nd World Health Assembly opened on 18 May 2009 in Geneva, as officials from 193 member countries began their annual review of the activities of the WHO and set new priorities for the future. It closed on 22 May 2009 with the adoption of resolutions on a variety of global health issues including primary health care, the prevention and control of multidrug- resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, public health, innovation and intellectual property and pandemic influenza preparedness. The Health Assembly also passed the Programme Budget.













Follow up visit to review progress of the vaccine regulatory system in the Islamic Republic of Iran and assess potential for future WHO vaccine prequalification, 20 - 22 April 2009
Upon the request of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a follow up visit to review progress of the vaccine regulatory system from 20 to 22 April 2009. As agreed with the MOHME the objectives of the team were a) to review the progress since last WHO visit (20-22 November 2007) and previous National Regulatory Authority (NRA) assessment (10-14 April 2006) and b) to determine the tentative timeframe for the formal WHO NRA re-assessment in Iran against the revised NRA indicators.













World Health Statistics 2009 World Health Statistics 2009 contains WHO's annual compilation of data from its 193 Member States, and includes a summary of progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals and targets. This edition also contains a new section on reported cases of selected infectious diseases.

























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