Improving primary health care response during outbreaks in Iran


Primary health care (phc) is the first point of contact for people seeking health services. The governance of phc system in iran entirely belongs to the ministry of health and medical education (mohme). Iran phc system has been affected by outbreaks and this imposes direct and indirect influence on government, phc managers and staff, and people. Main tenance of continuity of care and responding to the outbreaks are the focus of phc system in iran during outbreaks. In this policy brief, training for health staff and public awareness on the use of telemedicine and training for phc managers for capacity b uilding are the highlighted policy elements. Stakeholder engagement, designing user friendly telemedicine platform, need assessment for all interventions, and developing accreditation model for phc managers are the steps that should be taken towards effect ive implementation of the policy elements.