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Dr_HamelmannDr Christoph Hamelmann, WHO Representative for Islamic Republic of IranDr Christoph Hamelmann has been the WHO Representative for the Islamic Republic of Iran since 15 April 2018. Prior to this, Dr Hamelmann was Head of the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development in Venice, a centre of excellence focusing on determinants of health, health equity and investment approaches for health and well-being in the context of a people-centred approach to universal health coverage. 

Before that, he led the United Nations Development Programme Regional Health and Development Programme in Europe, Central Asia and the Arab States, and was the Global Coordinator of the UN Interagency Initiative on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector. 

He has worked for over 25 years in Europe, Africa, Asia and America as senior advisor and executive for global health and development in the public and private sector, for many governments, nongovernmental and international research institutions.

Christoph is a consultant in family medicine and tropical medicine; he is also an economist; he holds postgraduate degrees in molecular biology, epidemiology and health systems management.

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