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UN-Habitat and Iran’s Ministry of Health Sign MoU on Hospital Resilience

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Tehran, 3 December 2018 (UN-Habitat Tehran) – UN-Habitat Tehran Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) withthe Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) of the Islamic Republic of Iran for improving the resilience of hospitals.

Funded by the government of Japan, the project for “Inventory, Earthquake and Multi-Hazard Performance Evaluation of Existing Health Facilities in the Islamic Republic of Iran”  (BEHTAB) – the subject of this MoU- aims to develop the consensus-driven analytical foundation required for longer-term investments to reduce the risk in the health sector in Iran. It will focus on five main outcomes:

i) Assessment of the vulnerability and risk of the health infrastructures to earthquakes and other natural hazards;

ii) Developing design guidelines for the Health Centers based on permanent function of structural and non-structural components, according to up-to-date international standards;

iii) Retrofitting and rehabilitation of the selected hospitals from non-structural components perspective;

iv) Capacity development of the health experts and individuals for design, construction, and utilization management of Health Centers.

v) Design of long-term vulnerability reduction investment plan for the Ministry of Health.

In his opening remarks Mr. Mohsen Asadi Lari, Vice Minister for International Affairs of MoHME appreciated the government of Japan for its financial assistance and thanked UN-Habitat for their technical inputs.

Mr. Mousavi, Director General of International Affairs for Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  also reiterated that the MFA supports the efforts of UN-Habitat in this regard and also thanked the Government of Japan for financially supporting this project. 

Mr. Amir Saaki, Director General for Physical Resources Development and Civil Affairs underscored the mutual collaboration to vulnerability and risk assessment of health infrastructure which will result in design guidelines for the health facilities.

Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, Chief of UN-Habitat Tehran Office expressed his gratitude to the Government of Japan for its generosity in financing this project and their presence in the signing ceremony which demonstrated their keen interest in the area of disaster risk reduction. He explained that after the devastating Kermanshah earthquake in 2017, UN-Habitat Tehran proposed this project to reduce seismic risks of hospitals and health facilities in Iran. He added that UN-Habitat aims to replicate the results of this project for other public buildings and lifelines through various guidelines and proposed changes in the building regulations.  

Mr. Toru Morikawa, Charge d’affairs of the Embassy of Japan in Iran conveyed his sincere congratulations and gratitude to UN-Habitat Tehran and the Ministry of Health for signing the MoU to implement the project on the “Inventory, Earthquake and Multi-Hazard Performance Evaluation of Existing Health Facilities in the Islamic Republic of Iran”. He further provided a summary of the experiences and expertise of the Government of Japan and its willingness to conduct such projects in other earthquake-prone countries.

The MoU was co-signed by Chief of UN-Habitat Tehran Office, Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, and Director General for Physical Resources Development and Civil Affairs, Mr. Amir Saaki in a meeting at the International Affair Department at the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. 
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