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.
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.