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14 May 2016 - Iran’s Hamouns designated a UNESCO biosphere

20160515 UNDP2There is water again in the parched Hamouns wetlands as a result of seasonal flows of meltwater from Afghanistan

Tehran, 15 May 2016- A group of Iran’s pediatric medicine specialists including pediatricians, pediatric emergency experts and anesthesiologists are going through a five day training course on Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) held in Tehran and facilitated by instructors from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This training is part of the joint work plan of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and UNICEF on improving child survival.

Over the course of this five day training which runs from 15 to 20th May 2016 in Tehran, participants will benefit from the most recent theoretic and hands-on knowledge and skills on PALS and will be certified as PALS providers to cascade the training to other health professionals across the country.

20160515 UNDP3Civil society was present at the event – concerned about sand and dust stormsIn his opening remarks of PALS training course, the Head of Children’s Health Department of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Dr. Hamed Barakati, appreciated UNICEF’s support for the different national programmes on child health in Iran over the past years and said: ”I hope the current PALS training will help us further upgrade the health status of children in the country and bring up a healthier generation for the future.”

UNICEF Deputy Representative in Iran, Christine Weigand, speaking at the opening ceremony referred to Iran’s achievements in reducing child mortality rates over the past years and said:” Today, figures indicate that injuries caused by accidents and unintentional incidents have become the second leading cause of death and disability of children in the country. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to further improve the knowledge and skills of paediatricians, emergency medicine experts, and all other relevant experts in life saving and resuscitation of children following injuries. “Ms. Weigand conveyed UNICEF’s special thanks to the Johns Hopkins University for offering the course free of charge.

20160515 UNDP4As part of a joint UNICEF- Ministry of Health program, a number of professors from Johns Hopkins Medical University travelled to Iran to train Iranian Paediatric Medicine specialists on Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)World-recognized PALS instructors, Dr. Mark Rogers, Dr. Nicole Shilkofsky, Dr. Jennifer Schutte, Dr. Caitlin O’Brien and Dr. Donald Shaffner, from Johns Hopkins Medical University are facilitating this first internationally supported PALS training for experts of pediatric medicine in Iran. A follow up training to complete the process of PALS certification is planned to take place in late 2016.


8 May 2016 – Photo Story: Tange Sayad and Sabzkuh are registered as UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere reserves are nominated by national governments and remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of the states where they are located. Their status is internationally recognized.

There are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries.Since 1960, Iran has been a pioneer member of Man and Biosphere committee (MAB) and has already 10 registered Biosphere reserves which covers important protected areas such as Touran, Arjan & Parishan, Urumiyeh and Miankaleh. All of these sites cover important biodiversity, wetlands and forests altogether.

During the 27th MAB ICC meeting in Paris in June 2015, Sabz Kuh and Tang-e Sayyad and Hamoun Biosphere Reserves were formally registered as 11th and 12th Biosphere reserves in Iran
Below you can see our pictorial report from this event which took place on May 7, 2016:


20160510 UNDP10The local community greeted the guests by performing local music and dance


20160510 UNDP11The ceremony took place in Tange Sayad area


20160510 UNDP12Mr. Murali visited the MENARID project booths


20160510 UNDP13Mr. Houshang Jazi, MENARID National Project Manager talking about the project pilot sites in the province

20160510 UNDP14Mr. Murali talking about the importance of the biosphere reserves and thanked the government of Iran for paying a special attention to environment related issues

20160510 UNDP15Madam Ebtekar presented the plaque to the Governor General


20160510 UNDP16After the ceremony Mr. Murali visited one of MENARID’s pilot sites in Dorahan village. The MENARID project strengthens institutions by contributing to the removal of constraints to integrated natural resources management (INRM), through three main outcomes: 1.Identify the main drivers of ecosystem use and change and their impacts on both ecosystem services and local livelihoods. 2. Enable improved INRM practices. 3. Enable improved community-driven approaches and techniques for INRM and ecosystem management

20160510 UNDP17UNDP staff were greeted by the local girls at the mosque

20160510 UNDP18After the session in the mosque, Mr. Murali visited the women’s workshop. Women in Dorahan village are doing their best to support their families and MENARID project is helping them to achieve their goals



اردیبهشت 95 – قهرمانانی در روستاهای کوچک

مالاریا بیماری است که با سطح توسعه جامعه ارتباط مسقتیم دارد. در ایران انتقال مالاریا بیشتر در استان سیستان و بلوچستان در جنوب شرقی کشور که جمعیتی حدود 2.5 میلیون نفر دارد، دیده می شود.
در برنامه  ملی حذف مالاریا که با حمایت صندوق جهانی و برنامه توسعه ملل متحد در حال اجراست، بنا شد به منظور بهبود حفاظت در برابر این بیماری به ویژه در میان مردم محروم مناطق دور افتاده از کمک جوامع محلی بهره گرفته شود. بنابراین 3 هزار و 700 نفر از داوطلبان محلی – خصوصا زنان – توسط دانشگاه علوم پزشکی زاهدان تحت تعلیم قرار گرفتند. ازمیان این داوطلبان 2050 نفر به پوشش مناطق روستایی و 1695 نفر به پوشش مردم محروم ساکن مناطق حاشیه شهری پرداختند. هر داوطلب با گذراندن آموزش های اولیه "داوطلب سلامت" نام می گیرد و مامور می شود تا   حدود 50 خانوار در همسایگی محل سکونت خود را آگاه و راهنمایی کند. این داوطلبان دانش خود درباره این بیماری را به روش های ساده و از طریق آموزش رو در رو با خانواده ها به اشتراک می گذارند.
این ویدئو نشان دهنده تلاش و نتیجه ی این طرح جالب است.

4 May 2016 - Heroes in small villages

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Malaria is known to be a disease associated with the level of local development. In Iran malaria is predominantly prone in Sistan & Baluchestan province in the southeast of the country with a population of 2.5 million.

In order to increase protection against this disease particularly among marginalized people in remote areas, the involvement of the local communityy members was planned and practiced in National Malaria Elimination Program and supported by Global Fund malaria project of UNDP.
As a result of this more than 3,700 local volunteers – mainly women – were trained on health related skills focusing on malaria by Zahedan University of Medical Science.
This clip demonstrates the efforts and result of this successful initiative.

اردیبهشت 95 – قهرمانانی از روستا با کارهایی کوچک برای جهانی بزرگ

برای ایجاد تغییر در دنیا نیازی نیست دانشمند، پولدار و یا شخصیت بزرگ  و مهمی باشیم. گاهی می توان برای تغییر دنیا قدم هایی کوچک برداشت... گاهی می توان درگوشه ای از یک کشور، در یک روستا زندگی کرد ولی در عین حال تاثیرگذار بود. قهرمانان امروز ما زنانی هستند که در روستایی در چابهارزندگی می کنند. زنانی که برای بهبود جهان اطراف خود بی دریغ از جانشان مایه می گذارند و بی وقفه تلاش می کنند. اینها قهرمانان امروز ما هستند.

سکینه در کُمب -روستایی که در نزدیکی چابهار قرار گرفته- زندگی می کند و اوقهرمان داستان ماست. اما چرا؟ پاسخ، فعالیت های داوطلبانه اوست که باعث نجات جان انسان ها می شود.

او در این راه تنها نیست. زنان این منطقه دست در دست هم داده و به مبارزه با بیماری خطرناکی به نام مالاریا می پردازند. در گذشته به دلیل عدم وجود امکانات کافی و آگاهی، انسان های زیادی جان خود را به دلیل این بیماری از دست دادند. اما در اقدامی مشترک، دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران، دفتر توسعه ملل متحد و حمایت های صندوق جهانی  از سال  2008 پروژه مشترکی را برای حذف این بیماری پایه ریزی کرده اند. این پروژه هم اکنون در 11 استان ایران فعالیت می کند.

در راستای اجرای این پروژه مردم محلی در فعالیت های داوطلبانه ی خود به کاهش روش های انتقال این بیماری و همچنین آموزش افراد محلی می پردازند.

سکینه از سال 1389 فعالیت داوطلبانه خود را برای پروژه مالاریا آغاز کرده است.  به گفته وی: "در ابتدا افراد کمی در این راه کار می کردند و افراد محلی آگاهی زیادی نداشتند بنابراین ما مجبور بودیم علاوه بر توزیع پشه های آغشته به سم، روش های جلوگیری را نیز به همگان آموزش دهیم و از مناطق حساس و مشکوک مرتبط به این بیماری نیز بازدید کنیم." وی ادامه می دهد: " اما امروز همه چیز فرق کرده است."

سکینه از جمله داوطلب هایی بود که نحوه استفاده از کیت های تشخیص سریع مالایا را آموخت و حتی به کمک نتایج آزمایشات توانست از چندین مورد ابتلا جلوگیری کند و موارد مشکوک را به مراکز درمانی انتقال دهد. وقتی از او درباره تجربیاتش در این زمینه پرسیدم گفت: "این کیت ها کاربردهای بسیار زیادی دارد. به کمک آنها توانستیم موارد مالاریا را تشخیص دهیم و به اهالی محلی کمک کنیم. در حال حاضر بسیاری از افراد روستا از من می خواهند که به آنها کمک کنم و یا آموخته های خود را با آنها در میان بگذارم."

به اعتقاد سکینه اینگونه فعالیت های داوطلبانه به زنان محلی کمک می کند تا در جوامع خود شکوفا شوند و فرصت های بیشتری برای حضور در جامعه را داشته باشند. "از وقتی با این پروژه همکاری می کنم  فرصت حضور در جامعه بیشتر برایم فراهم شده است."

سکینه تنها یک نمونه از تعداد زیادی از دوطلبانی است که به خاطرعلاقه و کمک به هم نوعانشان قدم در این راه نهاده اند. در پایان از سکینه پرسیدم آرزویت چیست؟ خیلی کوتاه جواب داد:

"امیدوارم روزی مالاریا دیگر وجود نداشته باشد و همه سالم باشند."


26 Apr 2016 - End Malaria for Good

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2016 05 16 Malaria UNDP 2Mr. Murali, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Representative spoke on the occasion of World Malaria Day (WMD) 2016


“With renewed focus and commitment, we can be the generation to make this old disease history.” Said Mr. Murali, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Representative on the occasion of World Malaria Day (WMD) 2016.


Sustainable Development Goal number three is focused on “Good Health and Wellbeing” for all. In line with this international development aspiration and building on the achievements made under the Millennium Development Goals, this year’s WMD marks a historic juncture for the global community and for us here in Iran - to end the epidemic forever.” Said Mr. Murali.The theme of World Malaria Day 2016 is “End Malaria for Good” and this is what we - in the Islamic Republic Iran are trying to achieve.


2016 05 16 Malaria UNDP 1Dr. Sayyari, Deputy Minister of Health spoke at the eventOn 25th April, the University of Medical Sciences in Hamedan held an event to commemorate WMD2016. Present at the event were; government officials, academia, media, representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNDP.
Mr. Murali continued his speech by highlighting the most important challenge we face in order to eliminate this disease and said:Based on the latest assessments, the biggest challenge facing us in Iran is the risk of re-introduction of Malaria transmission in cleared-up foci due to population movements through the borders with neighboring endemic countries.”
He then continued by stating that: “As reported by the Centre for Disease Control in 2015, 14% of the target foci and 26% of the target population are affected by such population movements. In 2015, three Malaria related incidents happened: first, an outbreak of the infection in Konarak District of Sistan & Baloochestan; second, the re-introduction of Malaria transmission in Kazeroon District in Fars; and third, a Malaria re-introduction incidence in Jiroft in Kerman province. It should be noted that these are likely outcome of the migrating workers from neighboring countries flowing into Iran in search of better opportunities and livelihood. Overall, 75.5% of the malaria cases were imported from abroad in 2015, mostly originating from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two malaria endemic countries sharing about 1900 km borders with Iran.”

2016 05 16 Malaria UNDP 3Dr. Raeisi, National Programme Manager for Malaria ControlDr. Sayyari, Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Raeisi, National Programme Manager for Malaria Control and Mr.Elahi Tabar , Deputy Governor General of Hamedan, were among the speakers at the ceremony. Dr. Mousavi Bahar, President of Hamedan University of Medical Sciences, read the message of His Excellency, Dr. Hashemi, Minister of Health and Medical Education at the beginning of the meeting, welcoming all.
In his message, Dr. Hashemi thanked the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative and WHO in helping Iran on its path to malaria elimination. The Minister also addressed the challenges of reintroduction of malaria to Iran by cross-border migration. Touching on this year’s theme for WMD, he indicated that he hopes that malaria in Iran becomes history in the near future.


Deputy Minister of Health who also spoke at the ceremony said: “A world without malaria is a dream of 7 billion people and it’s our responsibly to do our best to achieve this dream.” He also added: “We have come a long way so far but we need to reinforce our strengths and identify our weaknesses.”  Before presenting awards to participants at the morning’s ceremony, Dr. Raeisi, National Programme Manager for Malaria Control, commended the support of UNDP and WHO which despite the constraints of sanctions, contributed significantly to the success of Iran’s malaria programme by providing equipment and technical knowledge.
“With the support of the United Nations and our own investment, eliminating malaria will be a dream come true.” Dr. Raeisi concluded.

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