Islamic Republic of Iran

Situation report on earthquake in Ilam

On 18 August 2014 at 7:02 (am) local time, an earthquake was reported in Ilam province, in the western Islamic Republic of Iran. The quake struck 36 kilometres (22 miles) southeast of the city of Abdanan, near to the town of Mour-Mouri.

The US Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the quake at 6.3 and said its epicentre was at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

18 villages are exposed to damage with a total population of about 4500. 

The Ministry of Health and Medical Education reported about 50 injured people had been rescued in Abdanan, three of them hospitalized and no deaths reported.

The night before (17 August), reference to announced warning by the governorate and due to experienced minor tremors struck, people mostly spent the night outside their homes.

Investigations to find and rescue all casualties and to map the damage happened are in process.

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World Sight Day 2012

Tehran, 11 October 2012 - World Sight Day 2012 was celebrated today at the Labafinejad Centre to raise awareness on avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The ceremony was attended and inaugurated by high-ranking officials as well as WHO. It was a half-day event in which the guest speakers presented technical presentations on visual impairment, mainly cataract, refractive errors, trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. 

WHO emphasized the role of ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents and achieving the objectives of the Vision 2020 action plan. Vision 2020: The Right to Sight is a global initiative, launched in 1999, which aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

Avoidable blindness and visual impairment are global health problems which have significant economic dimensions. Globally, 285 million people are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. The global economy loses tens of billions of dollars annually as a result of blindness and visual impairment, which affects the whole of society.

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World Health Day 2012 was celebrated in the Islamic Republic of Iran in a week-long celebration from 6 April to 12 April, under the theme of “good health adds life...

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In focus

Joining hands with the world community, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education celebrated the WAD 2012 under the theme of reaching zero HIV cases by 2015. The ceremony was...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population in thousands

76 942

Total health expenditure (as % of general government expenditure)


Maternal mortality per 100 000 live


Primary health care units and centres


Life expectancy


Source: Country statistical profiles (2014)

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Regional Health Observatory