This year, World AIDS Day 2013 was celebrated under the theme of Treat More, Treat Better.
The Deputy Minister for Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr Sayyari emphasized the need for self-control, marriage and safe sex as main points to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and said that people with HIV need support through job opportunities to provide security. “Our aim is to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS to zero”. This is not only the responsibility of the Ministry of Health but the entire society. He emphasized the role of the media in raising awareness.
Dr Jihane Tawilah, WHO Representative in Islamic Republic of Iran, delivered the message of Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. He noted that antiretroviral therapy (ART) had become safer, simpler and more robust. People living with HIV who take ART in the right combination of medicines can lead long and productive lives. We also know that with successful ART, people living with HIV are less likely to transmit the virus to others. They can now prevent the transmission of their infection to their partners. As well, pregnant women living with HIV can now have HIV-free infants. Making ART available on a large scale to those who need it can avert new infections and can eventually curb the HIV epidemic.
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This year the WHO Executive Board awarded the Dr A.T. Shousha Foundation Prize for the 2013 to Dr Mohammad Reza Mohammadi (Islamic Republic of Iran), Head of the Psychiatry and Psychology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, for his significant contribution to public health in the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry.
The prize was presented to Dr Mohammadi during the Sixtieth Session of the Regional Committee, which was held in Muscat, Oman, from 27 to 30 October 2013.
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