A senior official from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Iran has called for increased efforts to prevent HIV and AIDS from becoming an epidemic in the country.

“I am very impressed by Iran’s social programme and in particular the country’s approach to health issues,” said Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, on Wednesday.

“Iran’s experience in these fields can serve as a useful model for other countries and could be central for increased south-south cooperation on social issues.”

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