After the floods in Iran, providing health care to the vulnerable populations in Lorestan
MSF provides free healthcare to excluded and marginalised people in south Tehran, including drug users, sex workers, street children, the Ghorbat ethnic minority and Afghan refugees in eastern Iran.

In Darvazeh Ghar district, we run a clinic offering a comprehensive package of medical services designed for high-risk patients who suffer from stigma and/or need help to follow their treatment.

Services include counselling and support from peer workers, psychosocial aid, medical and mental health consultations, ante- and postnatal care, family planning and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Patients can also be tested for communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis C

We also operate a referral system, and run mobile clinics in partnership with a local organisation called Society for Recovery Support.  

In Mashhad, in the eastern part of the country, we provide primary healthcare and mental health services to Afghan refugees who fled the decades-long conflict in their homeland and are largely excluded from access to medical care. 

Our activities in 2021 in Iran

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021

MSF in Iran in 2021 In Iran, we support marginalised groups, such as drug users, sex workers, street children and transgender people, who have greater vulnerability to infectious diseases, yet struggle to access treatment.
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As well as facing a significant risk of contracting diseases such as hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unwanted pregnancies, these communities often experience stigma and exclusion, which pose barriers to healthcare. 

In 2021, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to offer clinical and psychological support to these communities in the capital, Tehran, and in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, which lies in the eastern part of the country, near the Afghan border. Our multidisciplinary teams run both fixed and mobile clinics and work in collaboration with local organisations, such as the Society for Recovery Support, an Iranian NGO with over 20 years’ experience of helping drug users. 

On the southern outskirts of Tehran, we provide a comprehensive package of medical services, including counselling and support from peer workers, psychosocial assistance, medical and mental health consultations, ante- and postnatal care, family planning and treatment for STIs. Testing is also available for communicable diseases such as HIV, TB and hepatitis C. In 2021, we doubled the number of mobile clinics from three to six. 

In Mashhad, our services include general healthcare consultations, screening, treatment and follow-up for hepatitis C patients, vaccinations for hepatitis B and tetanus, counselling, social support and health education, as well as referrals to specialist health facilities. In this area, which borders Afghanistan, our services are equally open to Afghan refugees, many of whom have been in the country for several years but still have limited access to care. 

In 2021, MSF donated 40 oxygen concentrators to the Iranian Red Crescent Society to support its activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
 

In 2021
 
Coronavirus: MSF intervenes in Iran
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF “deeply surprised” that Iranian authorities put a stop to our COVID-19 response

Press Release 25 Mar 2020
 
MSF provides support with response in second worst affected province in Iran
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF sends hospital and medical team to treat COVID-19 patients in Iran

Project Update 22 Mar 2020
 
MSF activities in South Teheran
Iran

After a cold night on the streets, a warm reception

Voices from the Field 6 Nov 2019
 
After the floods in Iran, providing health care to the vulnerable populations in Lorestan
Iran

Providing health care to vulnerable people in Lorestan after floods in Iran

Project Update 6 Jun 2019
 
Flood flashes in Iran
Iran

Flash floods in Iran wash away homes, roads and livelihoods

Voices from the Field 29 Apr 2019
 
Refugee children of Kos
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Refugees in Kos stuck in appalling conditions

Project Update 26 Aug 2015