Why we are there?

  • Health care exclusion

Our work

This is an excerpt from MSF's 2012 International Activity Report:

Authorities in Iran have been improving social and medical services in the capital Tehran, but many people living in the poorest neighborhoods remain unable to access them.

In April 2012, MSF opened a health center for women and children under five years of age in Darvazeh Ghar, a district where many do not have the identity papers they need to use the country’s health care system.

Social stigma is another obstacle to accessing health care. Drug users, women with sexually transmitted diseases and newborns who are suffering withdrawal symptoms because their mothers were drug users are often not welcome in medical centers.

Many are particularly susceptible to HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis, diseases which pose a serious public health concern.

Since the health center opened, staff have been seeing around 1,000 patients per month. The team offers general medical and gynecological consultations, as well as ante- and postnatal care. Patients requiring emergency treatment are referred to the Ministry of Health hospital.

At the end of 2012, MSF had 84 staff in Iran. MSF has worked in the country since 1996.