World Vision clinches Iran health deal
Christian aid agency World Vision has reached an agreement with the Iranian Ministry of Health to rebuild clinics destroyed during the Bam earthquake.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today will see World Vision reconstruct two village health posts and three health centres.
In addition to the rebuilding, World Vision will supply clinics with refrigerators for vaccines, medical equipment, latrines, washbasins and furniture.
Professor Iraj Sharifi, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Iranian Ministry of Health, said the health centres and health posts were a vital cog in the health system in Bam.
ìItís very necessary to rebuild them and we need NGOs to help with this problem,î he said.
Professor Sharifi said 90 per cent of Bamís health buildings were now either piles of rubble or suffering serious structural damage, making them unfit to use.
But he commended the international community for its support, saying their provision of field hospitals and tent clinics had helped Bam restore medical services to 70-80 per cent of its former capacity.
As if to underline the point, the MOU was signed in converted containers supplied by the Turkish government, in the grounds of Bamís ruined central hospital.
World Vision expects the cost of rebuilding and furnishing the clinics to be about 0,000.
For more on World Vision's response to the earthquake, click here.
World Vision offices around the world have launched public appeals to assist the people of Bam. So far there have been financial commitments from World Vision offices in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. To find out how to help, use the International Gateway to visit the World Vision site for your home country or region.