JICA grants $14m aid to Iran’s health sec­tor

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an­tibi­otic to adults with these four con­di­tions, the study found.

Older health care providers were also more likely to pre­scribe an­tibi­otics. Fam­ily medicine prac­tices had the high­est rate of an­tibi­otic pre­scrib­ing, while pe­di­atric prac­tices had the low­est rate.

The find­ings were pub­lished re­cently in the jour­nal In­fec­tion Con­trol and Hos­pi­tal Epi­demi­ol­ogy.

Study au­thor Dr. Lisa David­son, med­i­cal di­rec­tor for the An­timi­cro­bial Sup­port Net­work at Caroli­nas Health­care Sys­tem, said, “By un­der­tak­ing this re­search, we can help en­sure that our lo­cal pa­tients re­ceive the most ap­pro­pri­ate, safe care, and are not in­ap­pro­pri­ately pre­scribed an­tibi­otics.” Iran’s Min­istry of Health and the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) have signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) on equip­ping hos­pi­tals in Iran.

The MOU, which was signed in Tehran, is worth 1.537 bil­lion Ja­panese yen, equal to ap­prox­i­mately $14 mil­lion, mehrnews.com re­ported.

The MOU, which fol­lowed ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Ja­panese prime min­is­ter and Iran’s pres­i­dent on health­care co­op­er­a­tion, is to pave the way for the en­try of mod­ern Ja­panese tech­nol­ogy in the Ira­nian mar­ket to meet the in­ter­ests of both coun­tries.

The agree­ment aims to strengthen Iran’s so­cial in­fra­struc­tures by pro­vid­ing med­i­cal equip­ment, in­clud­ing an­giog­ra­phy imag­ing sys­tems, to Imam Hos­sein Hos­pi­tal and Arash Hos­pi­tal in Tehran, as well as de­vel­op­ing ser­vices for early di­ag­no­sis of can­cer and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases.

In Septem­ber, JICA signed a deal with Tehran Air Qual­ity Con­trol Com­pany on sup­ply­ing equip­ment for mea­sur­ing and an­a­lyz­ing the emis­sion of pol­lu­tants in the Ira­nian cap­i­tal.

An agree­ment be­tween JICA and Ther­mal Power Plants Hold­ing Com­pany was also signed a few weeks ago based on which the Ja­panese side agreed to al­lo­cate $800 mil­lion for Shahid Mo­fat­teh and Shahid Ra­jaei power plants.

Formed in 2003, the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA) is char­tered with as­sist­ing eco­nomic and so­cial growth in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, and the pro­mo­tion of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

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