WHO, EU and Canadian project to improve access to inclusive health care for older people and people with disabilities moves closer to results – Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Tehran, August 21, 2022 – With the arrival of the first shipments of equipment and supplies purchased for the humanitarian project “Improving access to inclusive health care in long-term care facilities and improving the quality of life and the dignity of the most vulnerable populations in the Republic of Iran in times of emergency and pandemic”, the project takes another step towards achieving results.

The project, co-funded by the World Health Organization, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations and the Government of Canada, aims to support innovative activities aimed at increasing the COVID-19 response capacity of institutions long-term care, acquire assistive technologies for the most vulnerable and train caregivers to provide tailored services to older people and people with disabilities through an online research and training platform.

It is estimated that more than 7,000 older people and people with disabilities in long-term care facilities will have access to improved services and better protection and response to COVID-19 when the project ends. Thirty long-term care facilities with more than 140 residents in 14 provinces have been prioritized to receive the equipment and training needed to establish a standard isolation room and reduce the risk of COVID-19. Equipment includes air purifiers with a 2-year supply of air filters (HEPA), oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, portable UV sanitizers, autoclaves, washing machines and a one-year supply of personal protective equipment.

The European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) has just published its latest report on the drivers of migration, on Georgia as a country of origin, in which it finds that the Russian invasion of Ukraine pushed Georgian nationals to seek asylum in the EU. The findings are consistent with recent EUAA analyzes which show that the invasion caused Russians and other nationals of the former Soviet bloc to seek protection in Europe.

The report provides up-to-date information on asylum-related migration to the EU+, it analyzes push factors such as the political and security situation, the human rights situation, as well as other factors favoring migration.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had – and is expected to continue to have – a significant economic and socio-political impact on Georgia:

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