Historical evidence indicates that malaria was highly prevalent in our country in the past. Now, after six decades of battle against the disease, Iran has succeeded in reducing annual malaria cases from approximately 5 million, sixty years ago, to less than 100 cases due to local transmission with zero deaths in 2017.
The Asia-Pacific region has witnessed the steepest rise globally in human development. It leads the world in access to broadband internet and is gaining on more developed regions in life expectancy, education, and access to health care. Yet it continues to grapple with widespread multidimensional poverty, and may be vulnerable to a new set of inequalities emerging around higher education and climate resilience.
Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has emerged as a prime source of support in the global fight against the three diseases. The financial and technical support provided to developing country partners has brought increased capacity and rigor to the national planning and implementation of disease control strategies.
On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. UNDP has had a representative office in Iran since 1966 and has – during all this time –worked closely with its major development partners to promote sustainable human development in the country.
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When we began our work five decades ago, one in three people worldwide lived in poverty. Now? Just one in eight. Let’s finish the job.