Sepid Online – during a visit by the Assistant Director-General of WHO for non-communicable diseases, Dr. Oleg Chestnov, and WHO’s representative in Iran, Dr. Samin Sedighi, to Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Dr. Farzadfar proclaimed: “To reach this end, Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences is cooperating with WHO, UNICEF and Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Oxford Universities, and is focusing its attempts on providing enough evidence for policy makers in the health sector so as to help them recognize effective indicators in preventing non-communicable diseases, through implementing widespread and specialist monitoring schemes throughout various provinces in Iran”. He mentioned one of the Center’s current schemes, named STEPs, in which researchers in the Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center are conducting specialist tests on 31 thousand people from all sections of the sample population in different parts of the country”. He then added: “the STEPs scheme is being conducted through interviews and sampling from chosen individuals with the determined indicators in the sample towns and villages, with the purpose of recognizing the risk factors of non-communicable diseases; the details with publishing potential will soon be available for the public in the media”.
The chairman of the Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences also note that according to remarks made by the Vice-Minister of Health and Medical Education, “non-communicable diseases are spreading vastly and are becoming a threat to Iranians’ health. 70 percent of deaths in the Iranian community are currently due to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart attack, asthma and respiratory disorders, which are all definitely caused by inactivity, cigarette use, high blood sugar, an unhealthy diet and alcohol abuse”.