FIGURE 1-2 Structure of the primary health care system in Iran.

The Current Workshop

Presenter: Mohammad Reza Zali


With its ongoing modernization, the availability of university and agricultural resources within the country, and a population of more than 70 million people, Iran is evaluating its current status with regard to the control of foodborne diseases and is seeking input from its U.S. colleagues. In addition, the Iranian representatives to the current workshop have a special interest in addressing such conditions as post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome, post-diarrhea arthritis, and post-infectious inflammatory bowel disease—health problems that are increasing in frequency in Iran and that may be linked to the consumption of unsafe food.

Mohammed Reza Zali expressed the hope that this workshop’s presentations, productive discussions, and the exchange of views on foodborne diseases and on applications of modern technology and science would advance prevention efforts in both countries.



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