11 July 2018 - Statement of UNFPA Executive Director for the World Population Day

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Fifty years ago, the world declared that “parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and the spacing of their children,” at the United Nations International Conference on Human Rights in Tehran, on 13 May 1968

Family planning is not only a matter of human rights; it is also central to women’s empowerment, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development

Yet, in developing regions, some 214 million women still lack safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities. This threatens their ability to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

On this World Population Day, UNFPA calls on governments to fulfill their commitments to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care and reproductive rights, including family planning services and information.


تیر 97 - کارگاه یک روزه بودجه بندی خدمات برنامه های سلامت مادران از طریق دی سی پی

در تاریخ 5 تیرماه 1397 کارگاهی با همکاریدر وزارت بهداشت، درمان و آموزش پزشکی در خصوص بودجه بندی خدمات برنامه های سلامت مادران در جمهوری اسلامی ایران از طریق دی سی پی (DCP)، برگزار شد.

کارگاه با سخنان خانم دکتر لیلا جودان نماینده صندوق جمعیت ملل متحد آغاز شد. ایشان خوشحالی خود را از شرکت در این کارگاه در خصوص بودجه بندی خدمات برنامه سلامت مادران که راه را برای پوشش جهانی سلامت در ایران طی خواهد کرد ابراز نمود. وی همچنین افزود با توجه به اینکه وزارت بهداشت برنامه دی سی پی را آغاز کرده و به دنبال بهبود خدمات درمانی، خصوصا برنامه های سلامت مادران است این کارگاه موقعیت مناسبی برای آغاز گفتمان در این رابطه را فراهم کرده است.دکتر جودان همچنین دو مختصص بین المللی دکتر دله ابگونده و دکتر آندرسون استانسیول مشاوران صندوق جمعیت در آسیا و اقیانوسیه را نیز معرفی نمود که طی سفر خود به ایران به دنبال حمایت از وزارت بهداشت  در این خصوص هستند و برآنند تاثیرات سلامت را علاوه بر تاثیرات مداخلات اقتصادی اجتماعی ببینند. دکتر جودان تصریح کرد که مشاوران با مباحثات و شناسایی نیاز ها، مسیری را آماده خواهند کرد تا مداخلات، قدم ها و زمانبندی برای رسیدن به برنامه خدمات برنامه های سلامت مادران میسر شود.

دکتر علی اکبر حق دوست معاون برنامه ریزی راهبردی و هماهنگی وزارت بهداشت در ابتدای سخنان خود تعهد و حمایت سازمان های بین المللی را در خصوص اولویت بندی کنترل بیماری ها ستوده و از صندوق جمعیت ملل متحد و سازمان جهانی بهداشت برای حمایت هایشان تشکر کرد. او هم چنین بر این موضوع تاکید کرد که با وجود تعهد بالای وزارت بهداشتنسبت به برنامه دی سی پی و داشتن زبده ترین متخصصان احتیاج به حمایت تخصصی بین المللی در برآورد های تحلیلی نیز دارد. وی از متخصصان بین المللی برای حضور و حمایتشان از بهینه سازی مراقبت های مادران سپاسگزاری نمود و افزود که این متخصصان می توانند در دیگر بخش های سلامت نیز به کار گرفته شوند.

درادامه  دکتر کریستوف هامل مان، نماینده سازمان جهانی بهداشت در ایرانبه سخنرانی پرداخت. وی به این موضوع اشاره کرد که کشورها طی جلسه اخیر مجمع جهانی بهداشت در خصوص سه آرمان توافق کرده اند. اینکه یک میلیارد نفر ،شامل پوشش جهانی سلامت شوند، در مواقع اضطراری به خدمات سلامت دسترسی داشته باشند  و در نهایت سالم تر زندگی کنند. دکتر هامل مان با تاکید بر سلامت مادران، افزود که این امر عاملی مهم در این سه آرمان است و به همین دلیل این کارگاه بسیار مرتبط و به موقع برنامه ریزی شده است.

نشست با مباحث تخصصی در خصوص برنامه دی سی پی و بودجه بندی خدمات برنامه سلامت مادران  درکارگروه هایی با حضور متخصصین وزارت بهداشت برای مدت دو روز ادامه یافت.



28 June 2016 - One-day Workshop on Financing Maternal Health Services within Diseases Control Priorities

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The workshop on financing maternal health services in the Islamic Republic of Iran within DCP3 was held on 26 June 2018 in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME)

The workshop started with opening remarks of Dr. Leila Joudane, UNFPA Representative. She expressed her happiness about participating in the workshop on financing maternal health services, which will pave the way for universal health coverage in Iran. She stated that the workshop is very timely, as the MOHME has embarked on the DCP3 initiative and is looking into improving efficiency of health care, particularly maternal health programmes. She introduced two international experts, Dr. Dele Abegunde and Dr. Anderson Stanciole, UNFPA APRO adviser, who are visiting Iran to support MOHME in this exercise and to look at health impact, as well as socio-economic impact of health interventions. She explained that the consultants will listen to MOHME to identify needs and to prepare a roadmap to identify the stakeholders, interventions, the steps and the timeline to achieve a costed maternal health service package.

In his welcoming speech, Dr. Ali-Akbar Haghdoust, Deputy for Coordination and Strategic Planning commended the commitment and support of international agencies to the DCP3 exercise and thanked UNFPA and WHO for their support. He mentioned that there is commitment at highest level in MOHME for DCP3. In addition, he stated that MOHME has high technical expertise in health, but that there is a need for international technical support in cost analysis. He thanked the international experts for their presence and support to optimizing maternal care interventions and stated that this expertise can be used for other areas of health as well.

Dr. Christof Hamelmann, WHO Representative in Iran, also held a speech and stated that in the recent World Health Assembly meeting countries had agreed to three goals, which are that 1 billion more people will have Universal Health Coverage, health in emergencies and will be healthier. Dr. Hamaelman stressed that maternal health is an important element in all these three goals, which is why the workshop is very relevant and timely.

The meeting continued with highly technical and engaged discussions on DCP3 and budgeting of maternal health services. The workshop was followed by technical meetings in MOHME on DCP3 maternal health. 



13 Mar 2018 - UNFPA Representative in Iran meeting H.E. Dr. Hashemi, Minister of Health and Medical Education

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Shortly before Nowrooz 1397, the Iranian new year, Dr. Leila Joudane, UNFPA Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, met H.E. Dr. Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi, the  Minister of Health and Medical Education in his office. Before the start of the meeting, Dr. Joudane wished a happy new year to the Minister of Health and Medical Education and offered him a new year’s gift from UNFPA Iran.

At the onset of the meeting, Dr. Joudane thanked the Minister for the opportunity to meet him and his staff. She briefed the Minister on the goals of the 6th UNFPA Country Programme, which are to contribute to universal health coverage, with focus on reproductive health, in particular maternal health and preventing preventable maternal deaths by 2030. In this regard she mentioned UNFPA’s support to MOHME to achieve a costed SRH package for all Iranians without discrimination. While stressing the fact that UNFPA’s work is fully in line with the national priorities of IR. of Iran, she thanked Dr. Hashemi and his team for the close cooperation and she also commended the excellent work done in South South cooperation, mainly for the support of Iran to Afghanistan on midwifery and maternal health in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in Iran.

Dr. Joudane mentioned the global budget cuts for UNFPA and briefed Dr. Hashemi about successful joint fundraising activities between UNFPA and MOHME for South South initiatives, as well as for programmes, related to HIV/AIDS.

The Minister thanked Dr. Joudane for UNFPA’s support to MOHME. In particular, he thanked Dr; joudane and UNFPA for the support provided in late 2017 to women affected by the Kermanshah earthquake through procurement and distribution of dignity kits for pregnant women.


7 March 2018 - The start of a collaboration between UNFPA and UN-Habitat in I.R. Iran

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Iran’s Representative, Dr. Leila Joudane, and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN-Habitat’s Chief, Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, Wednesday 7 March 2018.

The MoU announces the start of a joint cooperation between the two UN agencies in the field of internal mobility patterns in Iran in order to inform formulation of urban policies. 

The cooperation will bring forth favorable grounds for advocacy dialogues between the University of Tehran and the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development.  


1 Feb 2018 - Iran to Host 2018 Regional Conference on Population Ageing

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I.R. of Iran to host 2018 biennium HelpAge Regional Conference on Population Ageing from 23-25 October 2018 (01–03 Aban 1397). UNFPA Iran and HelpAge International signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding with the Deputy Minister and Head of State Welfare Organization (SWO) on behalf of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare.

After the successful hosting of the Regional Forum on Policy Implications of Population Ageing in Tabriz, Iran back in 2017 and issuance of Tabriz Statement, State Welfare Organization, HelpAge International, and UNFPA will coordinate to co-host the Regional Conference on issues relevant to population ageing in the Asia Pacific. The main theme of the conference is “Family, Community and State in Ageing Societies”.

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The conference will be two days long and on the third day a field visit will be organized to older people centers. Day 1 of the conference assesses the trends in population ageing and family dynamics, as well as how communities and governments across Asia have responded. Through parallel streams on Day 2, the conference will then examine policies and community services to ease adaptation to ageing trends particularly in relation to social inclusion, income security, and health and care.

It is anticipated that  this conference bring together 250 participants from various countries in the region and few countries from other regions, representing government, international organizations, academic institutions, civil society organizations, parliamentarians and private sector.

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