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Nursing and midwifery

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As mandated through World Health Assembly resolution 59.27, WHO provides technical support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education in the Islamic republic of Iran through establishing comprehensive programmes for the development of human resources for health. WHO supports:

  • recruitment and retention of sufficient numbers of the nursing and midwifery workforce
  • involvement of nurses and midwives in the development of health systems
  • country level implementation of WHO's strategic directions for nursing and midwifery
  • regular review of the legislation and regulatory processes, collection and use of nursing and midwifery core data
  • development and implementation of ethical recruitment of national and international nursing and midwifery workforce.

It is almost 100 years since the first nursing school was established in the Region. Academic nursing education has evolved in the Islamic Republic of Iran due to changes in the health care delivery system and, in particular, after the Islamic Revolution of 1978 and the 1980 reforms of the education system. After the integration of health care delivery with medical education and the establishment of Ministry of Health and Medical Education, it has been the responsibility of the University of Medical Sciences to train nurses and place them in health centres, clinics and hospitals.

One of the objectives of the Ministry is to develop a national strategy and roadmap for nursing.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (x1000) (2016)


Total health expenditure (%general government expenditure)


Maternal mortality per 100 000 live


Primary health care units and centres


Hospital beds per 10000 pop.


Life expectancy (F/M)

75.7 (76.9/74.6)

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