Programme Areas in collaboration with I.R.Iran

There are six WHO’s leadership priorities across the world as following:

  1. Advancing universal health coverage: enabling countries to sustain or expand access to all needed health services and financial protection, and promoting universal health coverage;

  2. Achieving health-related development goals: addressing unfinished and future challenges relating to maternal and child health; combating HIV, malaria, TB, and completing the eradication of polio and a number of neglected tropical diseases;

  3. Addressing the challenge of non-communicable diseases and mental health, violence and injuries and disabilities;

  4. Ensuring that all countries can detect and respond to acute public health threats under the International Health Regulations;

  5. Increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and other health technologies); and

  6. Addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health as a means to promote health outcomes and reduce health inequalities within and between countries.

The above mentioned global priorities are all relevant to the work of WHO in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Being a Member State organization, WHO Country Office in the Islamic Republic of Iran works closely with its government counterparts, especially the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), other relevant ministries, academic institutions especially the Medical Universities, civil society organizations and other sister UN agencies who deal with matters related to health.

All activities of the WHO Country Office are planned in close collaboration with the various Departments in the MOHME. Hence the activities of WHO in the Islamic Republic of Iran are closely aligned to the national health priorities.

WHO provides technical assistance to the Islamic Republic of Iran in the health-related areas including:


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health:

  • Support the MOHME in documenting and benchmarking health indicators under SDG and alignment with sixth national development plan;

  • Develop framework for action to implement health target(s) in SDG, in health and non-health sectors


Health system development for Universal Health Coverage :

  • Health Transformation Plan;

  • Establishment of Family Medicine Program for primary care;

  • Capacity building of hospital;

  • Improving the quality of care;

  • Essential medicines and technologies;

  • Global Health Diplomacy;

  • Capacity development in different areas of health system


Non Communicable Disease (NCD)prevention and control:

  • Review of the NCD Prevention and Control Programme;

  • Prevention and control of tobacco use in Iran;

  • Legislation on recuing fats,

  • Salt and sugar in diet;

  • Incorporating care for NCDs in primary care facilities


Mental health, injuries and violence:

  • Strengthening mental health services;

  • Injuries and violence


Control of communicable diseases:

  • National HIV/AIDS programme;

  • National Malaria Elimination Programme; 

  • Tuberculosis programme;

  • National Vaccine Preventable and Immunization programme


Improving reproductive and child health:

  • Maternal health;

  • Child health,

  • Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) programme and Well Child Care programme;

  • Adolescent and youth health programmes


Emergency preparedness and response:

  • International Health Regulation;

  • Food safety;

  • Poliomyelitis;

  • Antimicrobial Resistance;

  • Emergency preparedness


Environmental health:

  • Develop and establish Water Quality and Sanitation protocol;

  • Support National committee on Health Impact Assessment;

  • International congress on environmental health