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UNFPA is committed to the government of the I. R. Iran to support the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies policies on the provision of integrated, high impact, accessible affordable and high quality Reproductive and Maternal Health (RMH) and HIV services, for the entire population. In the line of this collaborative commitment, the mandate and expertise in UNFPA, it disposes to support the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) to implement the costing of an integrated reproductive and maternal health service packages for the entire Iranian population.

In line with the above programme, UNFPA has supported the project debut workshop from 22nd to 28th June 2018 to start the process of prioritizing the essential packages for delivery maternal health in I. R. Iran.

In line with the workshop’s objectives and the emphasize raised by the MOHME about the importance of the maternal health costing exercise and the need for technical support it was decided to conduct a  training workshop in the near future to build country capacity for costing health programs using the UN supported OneHealth tool.

Today, the training workshop on “OneHealth Tool Training for Economists and Public Health Scientists and Validation” started at the Industrial Management Institute and will continue up to 3rd December. The main objective of the training workshop is to build capacity of professionals in the health and budgeting and finance environment in the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the application of One Health tool. Such professionals include: health economists, public health scientists and practitioners, Budget and finance specialists in the MoHME and Ministry of Finance, and academics.

The training provides an opportunity to exhibit the data and information in the ongoing projections for optimizing and upscaling maternal health interventions in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is expected that this will provide reviews and validation of available national by a wider audience of national experts.

This workshop provides significant capacity in the country to replicate this type of estimations for other health areas; interpret the results of similar such analysis to assist programming, budget and finance function, resource mobilization and policy level dialogue.