Islamic Republic of Iran

WHO mobile clinic donated by Japan joins Iran’s emergency fleet


Tehran, 5 December 2019 – With support from Japan, WHO has delivered a mobile clinic to the Islamic Republic of Iran to improve access of vulnerable people – especially those displaced or affected by floods – to essential lifesaving health services.

The mobile clinic joined the country’s emergency medical service fleet, and will provide outreach services to populations and communities where health facilities do not exist, are not functional or are inaccessible. As the clinic moves from area to area, vulnerable and often displaced communities will be able to receive access to life-saving health services.

Services provided by the clinic include diagnosis, treatment, immunization, early disease detection, control and response services, referral of critical cases to advanced care, and detection of possible outbreaks of diseases. The mobile clinic is accompanied by a medical team and pharmaceutical supplies to cover a range of essential health services for children, women and elderly.

Expressing his gratitude to the government of Japan for the donation of the mobile clinic, Head of the National Emergency Medical Organization (NEMO) Dr Pirhossein Kolivand stated that the increasing collaboration between NEMO, WHO and the Government of Japan will improve humanitarian aid to the people of Iran in many areas related to public health.


WHO Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr Christoph Hamelmann reiterated that during recent years, WHO’s collaboration with NEMO has grown substantially, as demonstrated during the successful response to the widespread floods in Iran in 2019. Support from the Government of Japan in an Emergency Aid Grant worth US$ 700,000 allowed WHO to meet urgent health needs of people affected by the floods.

“Japan was among the first nations that expressed readiness to support WHO in providing humanitarian assistance to flood-affected areas. We truly appreciate the commitment and practical support of the people of Japan,” Dr Hamelmann added.

Ambassador of Japan H. E. Mr. Mitsugu Saito underscored the seriousness of the damages caused by the floods to the health sector, and reiterated Japan’s support to WHO in providing primary health care services through the mobile clinic, as well as essential vaccines and medicines.

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WHO supports Islamic Republic of Iran to assess health vulnerability to climate change

Iran_workshop_on_climate_change_and_healthIn March/April 2019 extreme rainfall and widespread floods in Islamic Republic of Iran caused severe damage to municipal facilities, including health centres and hospitals (Photo: WHO).

Tehran 22 October 2019 – The Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, with the support of WHO, hosted a workshop on the assessment of health vulnerability to climate change in Tehran on 22 and 23 October 2019. The workshop was a first step in developing a national climate change adaptation plan for the health system, and in developing and operationalizing health policy on climate change through coordination between the health and non-health sectors. An assessment of the vulnerability of the country’s health system to climate change is being conducted to strengthen its capacity to cope with the impact of climate change on health, including occupational health, noncommunicable diseases, vector-borne diseases, water and foodborne diseases, climate-related disasters, and air pollution.

Dr Michele Faberi, an international expert on climate change and health vulnerability assessments, facilitated the capacity-building workshop, which included the sharing of global knowledge and experience with a national team of experts, in collaboration with the Institute for Environment Research of Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

“Climate change vulnerability assessment in countries is an opportunity for them to improve resilience and better plan for development according to rigorous data and evidence”, said Dr Michele Faberi.

Dr Rahim Taghizadeh, from the WHO country office, emphasized the importance of close collaboration between the health and non-health sectors in this process, saying that the collaborative exercise had given “momentum to developing a comprehensive data- and evidence-based adaptation plan for the health system”.

Climate change is leading to changes in the average daily temperature, weather conditions (increase of precipitation and extreme heat waves), water levels (decreases in groundwater and surface water, floods and rises in sea levels), climatic conditions (increases in sand and dust storms), and seasonal animal migration periods. The health impacts of these changes are not only related to worsening air quality, extreme cold and hot weather conditions, and agricultural changes, but are also linked to the associated stress and anxiety, animal-related infections, and flooding and water contamination.

Since climate change is a global threat to humanity and has serious impacts on health, well-being, livelihoods and societies, WHO has been involved in identifying the health impacts of climate change and in undertaking advocacy and developing guidelines for the protection of health from climate change.

Climate change and health

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  • WHO mobile clinic donated by Japan joins Iran’s emergency fleet
    WHO mobile clinic donated by Japan joins Iran’s emergency fleet
  • WHO supports Islamic Republic of Iran to assess health vulnerability to climate change
    WHO supports Islamic Republic of Iran to assess health vulnerability to climate change


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Key health-related statistics

Total population in thousands

79 926

Total health expenditure (as % of general government expenditure)


Maternal mortality per 100 000 live


Primary health care units and centres


Life expectancy


Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

Islamic Republic of Iran country health profile

Regional Health Observatory