Iranian Health Care for Mississippi

Over the last several months, American representatives and Iranian officials have swapped visits and trade secrets. No, they’re not politicians — they’re doctors. In the last 30 years, Iran has cut its infant mortality rate by 70 percent; that’s something to pay attention to, regardless of a nation’s nuclear ambitions.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a group of physicians in the Mississippi Delta hope to open “health houses” modeled on the 17,000 medical outposts in Iran. Since 1980, Iran has had small clinics in each rural community, staffed by trained members of that community focused on preventative care. These nurses’ aides then go door-to-door performing routine tests and determining if anyone needs to be referred to the hospital. “The community health workers will know who has diabetes, who has high blood pressure, who is 10 or 12-years-old and pregnant. They will know it because they live in the neighborhood and see them at church or the corner store,” said Dr. Aaron Shirley, the state’s first black pediatrician, who has spent his career working with Mississippi’s rural poor and is leading the charge for a three-year, $30 million health house pilot program.

Mississippi has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation, running neck and neck with poverty stricken nations such as HAITI - 50 percent higher than the national average, and ranks near the bottom in many other health metrics including obesity rates, teenage pregnancies and diabetes. “I ain’t never heard of Iran. But we could sure use somebody’s help,” said 80-year-old Erleen Smith, who lives alone in a drafty shotgun shack in Baptist Town, Mississippi.

Jackson Medical Mall

via Max Keiser

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. ” – MLK

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One response to “Iranian Health Care for Mississippi

  1. health

    so nice post and thank for that.

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