How we’re helping in Iran

Iran 2019 © Sacha Petiot-Smigieski/MSF
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Learn more about how we are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in Iran. 

In Iran, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs programs to assist refugees, migrants, and other vulnerable groups who face barriers when seeking health care, despite government efforts to implement universal health coverage.

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What is happening in Iran?

In 2019, our teams continued providing comprehensive care to vulnerable groups at high risk of infectious diseases in South Tehran via a health facility and a mobile clinic. Services here include medical consultations, testing for communicable diseases (HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C), treatment for hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections, specialist referrals, as well as ante- and postnatal care, midwifery and family planning.  A team of peer workers, social workers, and psychiatrists offer mental health support.  

We deliver similar services for refugees and host communities in our project in Mashhad, near the Afghan border, via mobile clinics in Esmail Abad and Golsharh. We also run a fixed clinic in Golsharh, where most of the 320,000 Afghans officially living in Mashhad have settled. Learn how you can best help in Iran and other countries.

How we're helping in Iran

Our teams worked in south Tehran throughout the year, providing treatment for a range of communicable diseases to which marginalized communities are particularly exposed, including hepatitis B and C, HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and syphilis. We saw a large increase in the number of patients enrolling for hepatitis C treatment, an 82 percent increase on 2017.

We also ran sexual and reproductive health care services, comprising gynecology and obstetrics, ante- and postnatal care, and consultations for victims of sexual violence, as well as psychosocial support and counseling. A mobile clinic specifically for women was set up in the city. Please donate to support our work in Iran and other countries around the world now. 

In addition, we opened a new program for refugees and the local community in Mashhad, near the Afghan border, where a significant number of the estimated two million Afghans in Iran live. Our teams there offer a similar range of services as in South Tehran: through fixed and mobile clinics, we treat hepatitis C and operate a referral system for patients needing treatment for HIV and/or TB.