Monday, May 13, 2013

New pics: Isfahan Healthcare City, under construction

Isfahan Healthcare City (IHCC) is billed as Iran’s first healthcare city. IHCC aims to provide a globally accredited regional medical center; offering healthcare services, medical education and research facilities. 

Numerous cranes on-site including tower and truck-mounted types

Concrete work in process utilizing forms for column construction

Iranian construction workers applying their trade

Tower crane, "boom truck" and articulating cranes at work

Concrete-related silos and M-B L-series mixing transport truck

IHCC developers conference

File photo: Professor Majid Samiei, founder and director of Isfahan Healthcare City

Artist's rendering of the completed project

Photos: Saeed Fazel at Isfahan Metropolis News Agency and IHCC


Anonymous said...

Great news. A very impressive and much needed project. Iran's health and bio-medical sector is now well in excess of $70 billion and has even been praised by the WHO for providing very good mass access to the population. Even bankrupt and deadbeat US cities are copying Iranian model of health care.

What Can Mississippi Learn From Iran?

One of the people responsible for HealthConnect’s holistic, intensely personal approach is Dr. Aaron Shirley, who three years ago found inspiration for health care reform in an unlikely place: the primary health care system created in the 1980s in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The main issue in Iran back then was “disparities in health between its urban and rural populations,” he told me recently. “In the U.S., these disparities exist. The Iranian model eliminated the geographic disparities, so why couldn’t this same approach be used for racial and geographic disparities in the U.S.?”

When the Iranian system was developed in the 1980s, there were no doctors in rural Iran,” Miller says. “And this is similar to the problem in the delta today.”

The Iranian reforms were relatively inexpensive to implement there. It was the early ’80s, just after the Ayatollah Khomeini’s return and the Iranian revolution, which had promised the country’s rural villagers the kind of social justice that had been lacking under the shah. At the time, more than half the population lived outside major cities, in or around more than 60,000 villages. The Iranians built “health houses” to minister to 1,500 people who lived within at most an hour’s walking distance. Each house is a 1,000-square-foot hut equipped with examination rooms and sleeping quarters and staffed by community health workers — one man and one or more women who have been given basic training in preventive health care. They advise on nutrition and family planning, take blood pressure, keep track of who needs prenatal care, provide immunization and monitor environmental conditions like water quality. Crucially, in order to gain trust, the health workers come from the villages they serve.

Today, 17,000 health houses serve 23 million rural Iranians. Health disparities between rural and urban Iranians have narrowed; the Iranians have reduced rural infant mortality by 75 percent and lowered the birthrate. Iran’s reforms won praise from the World Health Organization, which has long advocated preventive, primary care.

mat said...

For some certain things or cases, the well-known world's most arrogant, boastful and selfish nation of the U.S.(american leadership) should sometimes learn something useful from the East especially the civilized, great nation of IRAN.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to basic measures of health and wellbeing, such as life expectancy, infant mortality, and literacy, the Islamist terrorist regime does not rank even in the Top 100 among countries. Now, how pathetic is that?

reader said...

Pls excuse my digression from the topic, I cannot help but to be intrigued by the man in the smart suit-and-tie ignoring the dress code of the IRI establishment!
Who does he think he is?!! A world renown brain surgeon?!!

Anonymous said...

Iran's Rank is as Turkey. What is your opinion about Turkey? Is it pathetic or not?

Anonymous said...

Turkey is Number 91 in life expectancy, and the IRI is Number 106. Turkey is also ranked higher than the IRI in literacy rate. Turkey also does not have the world's 2nd largest oil reserves and 4th largest natural gas reserves. But, if you want to aim low, that is your right.

Anonymous said...

You obviously have not been to Iran. Suit and tie are not forbidden, many people wear them at functions like weddings etc. It is just western propaganda that they are not allowed, it is just a matter of personal choice. IRI officials consider a tie as unnecessary imperialist vestige and associate it with British evil.

Anonymous said...

@ AnonymousMay 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

As usual your ignorance in unabashedly on display. According to the World Health Organization, the US ranks 38 or the worst in the industrialized world, Canada is not doing that great either at 30. France is best due to big spending on the health sector and socialized medicine.

Oman is the only Muslim country in the top ten at number 8. This is due to their massive spending on preventative care and excellent hospital system staffed by expats. BTW, Iran is in the TOP 100 at 93. So please do some research if you can before posting crappola based on your low self-esteem and blind Iran hate.

Anonymous said...

The IRI can teach the entire world about freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion. It can also teach equal rights under the law for men and women, as well as "believers" and "non-believers". It can teach the world about discovering the overwhelming majority of modern medicines, technologies, and inventions. In fact, most modern medical, scientific, and technological discoveries come from the IRI and other states which follow the Holy Islamic religion. Compared to the Satanic West (where you are living), the IRI is a very free, progressive, forward-looking, enlightened, pioneering, and modern state. Not only the Great Satan, but the entire world should be led by Holy Ayatollahs and Sacred Sharia. In fact, the IRI is so wonderful that you cannot bring yourself to leave the Satanic West to settle down permanently in the wonderful akhoond-led, super-duper Islamic "Republic".

Anonymous said...

Turkey and Iran has similar ranking based on Human development Index. Just search it. Actually Iran is a little better based on that. Anyway, Iran is under heavy sanctions and with a stupid guy as the supreme leader and yet it is not worse than Turkey.

B.M.A said...

The world has more to learn from this noble Nation if its willing to listen!-otherwise thanks big anon -may 13at 4:01,am

reader said...

Point taken, but I said 'dress code'. Are you suggesting that a karavati has the same chance of being promoted to a position of power as an unshaven open shirt individual? Is not it true that the ability to do a job is secondary to the accepted dress code within the iri establishment?

Anonymous said...

True to some degree. The mullahs and the uneducated bazaari class normally are intimidated by sharp dressers, due to their class based inferiority complex dating back to the days of the monarchy. However, with a large educated urban middle class, the dress codes are failing and were being enforced by the idiot Ahmadinejad and the hardcore mullahs. Now they have broken down. If the "reformers" get in then there will more much needed social and economic liberalization. Enforcing dress codes and 7th century Arab customs, while the moronic Arabs are killing each other is simply not feasible in an advanced and cultured civilization like Iran. If the IRI si to survive it will need to lighten up and let people breathe.

Anonymous said...

The Mullahs need him (Prof. Samii) (He could walk through the place with shorts if he wanted too and that would have been ok with the Mullahs too. They are sheites and pragmatics. They will struck a deal with the devil if it is in their interest and then issue a Fatwa that it is in this case allowed by the supreme leader / Ayatollahs) and I happen to know him via a colleague. He is an excellent surgeon and very ambitious. In Germany he is no longer allowed to perform any procedure since he has reached the retirement age. (He can still operate on a prvt basis in a prvt clinic, which he does in Hanover on his patients, some from rich ME countries)
I think by helping Iran to set up this centre and being its director, he is promoting the quality of health care in Iran which is a very good thing for the country and the Iranians.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:36 AM. I said the IRI is not in the Top 100 in life expectancy, infant mortality or literacy. Do you dispute that? I don't think so. You couldn't dispute those facts, so you changed the topic to some WHO ranking of health care systems. NIce try. BTW, how is life in the Satanic West (LOL)? The super-duper, progressive IRI isn't good enough for you to live in?

Anonymous said...

It is also "western propaganda" that the IRI forbids women to appear in public without hejab (perhaps "bad hejab" is another "unnecessary imperialist vestige"?). The IRI allows a huge amount of personal choice to men and women. In fact, the IRI is a beacon of freedom to the entire world.

Anonymous said...

let's hope that the quality of Iran's healthcare system improves, despite the further cuts in what was an already inadequate level of govt funding so that soon Iranians will have a healthcare system as good as Indonesia's and possibly close to as good as the one in Bangladesh!

more likely, it will not get any better any time soon .... and the govt press will continue to try to blame Westerners

Anonymous said...

With all of its wealth, it is amazing that Iran does not establish a National Health Service (NHS), free for patients at the point of use and paid for general taxation.