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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to operate in south Tehran, providing medical care and psychological support to excluded and marginalized groups.
MSF has been offering services—including treatment for HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and hepatitis—since 2012. This year, 15 hepatitis C patients were started on direct-acting antivirals, which are easier to administer than previously recommended treatments, have shorter course durations, and are more effective.
In the district of Darvazeh Ghar, health care for vulnerable populations is particularly limited. Patients with high-risk behaviors—such as drug users, sex workers, and the homeless—require specific approaches, as both living conditions and social stigmatization can make access to health services difficult.
MSF’s primary health center provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare, including general medical consultations; mental healthcare; reproductive and sexual health services; testing for HIV, TB, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases; and vaccinations. Psychosocial support is also available, and peer workers play a key role in helping MSF communicate with these hard-to-reach groups. Since April this year, MSF has been running mobile clinics in partnership with local NGO Society for Recovery Support, which specializes in treating addiction.
In 2016, teams conducted more than 7,000 outpatient consultations and referred nearly 1,800 patients to secondary health facilities for further testing or admission. The mobile clinic also carried out 2,326 consultations.