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29 Jan 2019 - Let’s be active: WHO takes part in Peace and Friendship Cup in Tehran

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Staff of the WHO country office in the Islamic Republic of Iran took part in the futsal, table tennis and chess competitions in the Peace and Friendship Cup in Tehran. WHO participated in the games under the slogan “Let's be active: Everyone, everywhere, everyday”.

The Peace and Friendship Cup, also known as the First Diplomatic Sports Tournament, was an initiative of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in the country. The tournament brought together diplomats and staff from embassies and international organizations, including the United Nations.

“All of us as individuals, as members of communities, public or private organizations or as officials in government organizations and ministries, or in international organizations can contribute to the promotion of physical activities,” said Dr Christoph Hamelmann, the WHO Representative in Islamic Republic of Iran. He made reference to the WHO slogan “Walk the Talk” and emphasized the importance of taking part in collective activities to initiate and foster change that we wish to make in our own lives and in organizational culture, including WHO, which has adopted a transformative agenda to support countries in reaching all of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of its Thirteenth General Programme of Work for 2019–2023.

“It really makes a difference whether we do what we say or we only talk, it makes a difference for our own health and well-being and for the life of others, even if it is only by providing good examples and the positive image that everybody wants to aim for,” Dr Hamelmann added.

Mr Mehrzad Baba Ahmadi, who works as Administrative Clerk at the WHO country office, said that the games had had a “wonderful impact on the working atmosphere of the office”. “These games helped us to expand our friendship with the staff of other organizations and diplomatic entities,” he said.

Mr Mehdi Beheshti, a Senior Driver at the office, said that the event had provided a chance for all staff to be seen as team members and work together to achieve the Organization’s objective of building happier and healthier lives.

“There are structural determinants in the social, economic and environmental spheres which make behaviour change difficult, and the degree to which we can change our behaviour or reduce our risk exposure is also largely effected by the resources we have such as ourselves as team members of an international organization,” said Dr Mansour Ranjbar, National Professional Officer at the WHO country office.

Mr Amir Tashakori, the Logistics Assistant at the WHO office, reiterated that the tournament represented a “good opportunity to practise even greater teamwork and achieve common objectives,” under the brand of WHO in the country. According to WHO, regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. It also helps to prevent hypertension, overweight and obesity and can improve mental health, quality of life and well-being.

Let's be active: Everyone, everywhere, everyday!



8 Dec 2018 - WHO Collaborates with Iran on Improvement of Public Hospital Management

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World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) conducted a nine-day (8-17 December 2018) Training of Trainers course in Kish Island to improve public hospital performances within the context of the national Health Transformation Program towards achieving Universal Health Coverage in the country. 

The course that entitled “Training of Trainers course on leadership and strategic management for hospital Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of public sector” organized at Health Managers Development Institute (HMDI) of Kish Island, in line with capacity building program that developed by WHO in three levels. International Hospital Federation (IHF) has closely collaborated for developing modules on leadership.

The capacity building program composed of three 3-day training courses, which covers self-leading, governance and organization leadership, leadership in situation, people management, change management, communication for driving the organization, strategic thinking and planning, operational planning and project management, problem solving and decision making, and implementation and evaluation of strategies.

Islamic Republic of Iran through execution of the national Health Transformation Program (HTP) is trying to scale up of the number and size of hospitals in the country, increasing their autonomy, introducing new financing methods for hospitals and a call for professionalization of hospital management that requires strengthening the leadership and management capacity of public hospitals to enable its effective implementation.

In 2016, WHO organized in a consultation mission to Iran for the senior manager of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education that brought international and national experts around a table to discuss on capacity building programme on management of public sector hospital. This pursued to detailed situation analysis of public sector hospital and develop training guides and modules in 8 thematic areas on hospital management including Role of hospital in Health System of Iran, Governance, HR management, Health Financing, Information system, Quality & Safety, Supply & Services, Disaster preparedness.

 They have also succeeded to train Training of Trainers (ToT) on developed 8 different thematic areas and roll out the training to hospital managers in public sector in Iran.

WHO has supported the capacity building program since beginning of the program and in addition involved monitoring the training and external evaluation of the hospital manager’s trainings in the public sector.



آذر 97 - همکاری کارگزای های ملل متحد به منظور پیشگیری و درمان مصرف مواد مخدر در میان کودکان

دفتر مقابله با مواد مخدر و جرم سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران، صندوق کودکان سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران و سازمان بهداشت جهانی در جمهوری اسلامی ایران، تفاهم نامه بین سازمانی مشترکی را برای تدوین یک پروژه مشترک به منظور پیشگیری و درمان مصرف مواد مخدر در میان کودکان و خانواده هایشان به امضا می رسانند.

این رویداد در تاریخ 12 آذر 2018 (3 دسامبر 2018) در مرکز بین المللی همایش های برج میلاد در تهران، در حاشیه نشست سالانه عالی چارچوب همکاری های توسعه ای سازمان ملل متحد و با حمایت وزارت امور خارجه جمهوری اسلامی ایران برگزار شد. رؤسای دفاتر مختلف سازمان ملل متحد و نمایندگانی از همتایان کشوری ذیربط در این رویداد شرکت کردند.

چارچوب همکاری های توسعه ای سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران (2021-2017) بستر مناسبی را برای اجرای برنامه ها و پروژه های مشترک فراهم می کند. در حال حاضر دفاتر سازمان ملل متحد در ایران تحت رکن چهارم این چارچوب با عنوان "کنترل مواد مخدر" پیرامون پیشگیری و درمان مواد مخدر با هم همکاری می کنند.

هدف اصلی از این تفاهم نامه بین سازمانی، ایجاد چارچوبی برای تقویت همکاری میان این سه دفتر سازمان ملل متحد پیرامون پیشگیری و درمان مصرف مواد مخدر میان کودکان و خانواده هایشان است. همکاری مشترک میان این سه دفتر ملل متحد از ماهیت بشردوستانه برخوردار است و به همتایان کشوری در حمایت از گروه های آسیب پذیر در ایران کمک می کند.

در قالب این چارچوب، این سه دفتر ملل متحد می بایست فعالیت ها، پروژه ها و برنامه های ویژه ای را تعریف کنند و برای جذب منابع مالی آنها اقدام لازم را انجام دهند. این فعالیت ها می بایست با روحیه همکاری و تعهد مشترک اجرا شوند تا بتوانند همکاری میان این سه دفتر سازمان ملل متحد تحت رکن چهارم چارچوب همکاری های توسعه ای سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران (2021-2017)، "کنترل مواد مخدر" را گسترش دهند.



3 Dec 2018 - Joint UN collaboration on prevention and treatment of drug use among children

  • Published in Drugs

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Islamic Republic of Iran, United Nations Children Fund in the Islamic Republic of Iran and World Health Organization in the Islamic Republic of Iran have signed Interoffice Memorandum on developing a joint project focused on prevention and treatment of drug use among children and their families. This joint Interoffice Memorandum became as the first internal UN protocol in Iran on cooperation signed by three UN agencies after announcement of the UN Development Reform.

The ceremony took place in Tehran in Milad Tower International Convention Center on 3 December 2018, as a part of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) High Level Steering Committee Annual Meeting, with the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Heads of different United Nations agencies and senior representatives from relevant national counterparts in Iran attended the event.

The UNDAF in the Islamic Republic of Iran (2017-2021) provides platform for implementation of joint programmes and projects. UN Agencies in Iran are already collaborating in the area of drug prevention and treatment under the Pillar -IV of the UNDAF Iran named as “Drug Control”.

The main objective of this Interoffice Memorandum is to develop a framework for strengthening partnership among the three UN agencies in prevention and treatment of drug use among children and their families. The joint collaboration among UN parties has humanitarian nature and will help national partners to support protection of vulnerable groups in the country.  

Within this framework the agencies should develop and fundraise for specific activities to be implemented in a spirit of cooperation and common commitment to broaden the inherent collaboration of these agencies under the UNDAF in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Pillar-IV “Drug Control”.




21 Nov 2018 - Iran Hosts First WHO Training of Trainer program on Emergency Unit Management in Region

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World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education today started conducting a four-day (21-24 November 2018) Training of Trainer (ToT) program on Emergency Unit Management in Kish Island to empower capacity of the relevant institutes and individuals in the country as the first move in the region.

Dr Christoph Hamelmann, WHO Representative to Iran in a message to the opening ceremony of the program by underscoring the importance of enhancing the resilience of national health systems through integrating emergency and disaster risk management into primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare said: “resilience is an emerging concept and resilience of hospitals can be defined as their ability to resist, absorb, and respond to the shock of emergencies and disasters while maintaining critical functionality and then to recover to their original state or adapt to a new one”.

“Therefore, the leadership and management capacity building of hospital and emergency unit managers in preparedness and response to emergencies, and management of their healthcare services is critical for the resilient health systems” he added.

Dr Hamelmann reiterated that in addition to their routine functions, emergency units play a critical role in crisis and disaster situations, and the Islamic Republic of Iran has faced a significant number of them in the last decades.

Elsewhere in his remarks the WHO Representative to the country, referred to the program in Kish Island and said that implementation of this Training of Trainer program would ultimately build capacity in a standardized way and to ensure high quality service delivery throughout the country.

Dr Tavakolli, Head of Iranian Society of Emergency Medicine as the key figure from the national stakeholder’s side emphasized the importance of the course and acknowledged the technical support provided by WHO both at country office and regional levels.

Dr Hamid Ravaghi, regional advisor for hospital care and management at WHO EMRO as another speaker of the event also highlighted that Improving Emergency Unit (EU) management will enhance quality and efficiency and accelerate moving towards integrated people centered health services.

Dr Keyhan Golshani, who was attending the Training of Trainer (ToT) program as a national facilitator from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences by referring to the added value of the event said “this workshop equips EU managers with most updated and critical leadership and managerial skills for effective continuous quality improvement”.

The program aimed to cover objectives such as: training national cadre of trainers who will assist Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical education to roll out the Hospital Emergency Unit  management; establishing a system for training health facility personnel and other relevant stakeholders for emergency unit management according to standard updated protocols and develop a training package that will enhance quality training standards on Emergency Unit   management and also introducing and sharing lessons learnt and international experiences regarding Emergency Unit management.

The Emergency Unit (EU) is a unique, busy and complex environment that provides emergency care to the people 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It consists of a vast variety of interactions. The skilled providers that work in emergency units deal with a spectrum of processes and critical situations that confront them with highly unpredicted decision making situations in a chaotic environment.

Thirty national trainers (emergency unit managers) and 4 international participants (Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya) have been attending the workshop who would contribute to rolling out the program in the concerned countries.

The Emergency Units are responsible for at least 40 percent of hospital admissions and sometimes it reaches to more than 90 percent in large referral national hospitals. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the units are facing significant numbers of natural, environmental and man-made emergencies throughout a year.



20 Nov 2018 - WHO Ready to Assist Iran in Improving Road Safety Measures

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Representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Iran, today at the 4th National Traffic and Safety Conference expressed readiness of WHO to expand supporting Iran in reduction of road traffic fatalities and injuries. 

During his opening remarks addressing hundreds of high ranking officers and experts of University of Traffic Police, Dr. Christoph Hamelmann underscored that currently WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and other stakeholders including Police Department of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NAJA) on the implementation of key components of the national road safety plan that includes Improvements of emergency care, road safety reports and the work on an integrated traffic injury registry.

He referred to the national Road Safety Strategic Plan (2011-2020) of Iran that has 14 strategic objectives mainly on speed management, motorists’ and pedestrians’ safety, development of a comprehensive crash data bank, road infrastructure safety, vehicle safety, and post-crash management and said: “within 2 years the strategic plan would need a revision and WHO is ready to support this process”.

More than 90% of global traffic fatalities occur in low and middle-income countries, which own only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles.

The proportion of traffic injuries in Iran is higher than in most other parts of the eastern Mediterranean region and elsewhere in the world, and is one of the country’s most serious problems.

To save millions of lives the UN General Assembly proclaimed the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020. It evolves around five pillars including building road safety management capacity; improving the safety of road infrastructure; further developing the safety of vehicles; enhancing the behavior of road users; and improving post-crash response.

In 2018 more than 1.25 million people lost their lives on the world’s roads which is among the top 5 leading causes of death in Iran.

On 18th of November the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDoR) 2018 with the theme "Roads have stories" was commemorated across to world to increase awareness on importance of Safer Roads & Mobility.

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