"WHO Official Praises Iran's Family Physician Program, Encourages Sharing Experiences"

The World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, Hans Henri P. Kluge, has commended Iran's family physician program as a valuable initiative, urging member states to share their experiences in this area. Kluge made these remarks during a meeting with Iran's Health Minister, Bahram Einollahi, on the sidelines of the seventh meeting of health ministers of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Iran (IMNA) - Einollahi stated that Iran is implementing the program cautiously and has provided adequate resources to support it. He emphasized the crucial role of the family in promoting health, as opposed to many societies where the family's traditional role has diminished. The Health Minister expressed hope that Iran's family physician program could serve as a model for other countries.

Einollahi previously called on SCO member states to enhance collaboration in healthcare and health-related issues, suggesting they focus on community health, mother and child health, antimicrobial resistance, healthy lifestyles, and mental health, among others. He also highlighted the importance of ensuring public access to safe drinking water, health services, and proper sewage systems as basic human rights.

The 7th SCO meeting on health ministers was held in Kazakhstan, with environmental health and the safety of drinking water as key topics. The meeting was attended by health ministers from China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as directors from the European Region of the World Health Organization. Three documents were scheduled to be signed, promoting cooperation on safe drinking water, sewage management, and adopting comprehensive policies to improve healthcare in member states for 2025-2027.

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