• Our Work

    Historically, AmeriCares relief efforts in Iran have centered around disaster response with emergency aid for earthquake survivors and assistance in the rehabilitation of the health care system after the disaster.

    Snapshot of Iran:

    Iran, with an oil-reliant and state dominated economy, is a country with high unemployment and other challenges, including an international regime of economic sanctions. In addition, Iran is located in a region prone to earthquakes. Critical health issues:

    • Health care access and response capacity in the aftermath of disaster
  • Emergency Response

    In 2003, AmeriCares responded to a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Iran's Kerman province. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the ancient city of Bam, located roughly 600 miles southeast of Tehran, where over 90% of the buildings were destroyed. The earthquake killed an estimated 26,000 people and injured 50,000 people.

    In the immediate days following the disaster, AmeriCares airlifted 77,000 pounds of emergency supplies valued at approximately $5 million to the region. The shipment included urgently requested items such as tents, blankets, water purification tablets, antibiotics, local anesthetics and analgesics. AmeriCares worked to ensure that its response would target areas and people on the periphery who were not already receiving emergency aid. In addition, we worked with local partners to follow up with assistance to rehabilitate and improve the healthcare system in the affected region.

Recent News from Iran

In 2003, AmeriCares responded to a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Iran's Kerman province. In the immediate days following the disaster, AmeriCares airlifted 77,000 pounds of emergency supplies valued at approximately $5 million to the region. The shipment included urgently requested items such as tents, blankets, water purification tablets, antibiotics, local anesthetics and analgesics as well as World Health Organization (WHO) New Emergency Health Kits. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the ancient city of Bam, located roughly 600 miles southeast of Tehran, where over 90% of the buildings were destroyed. The earthquake killed an estimated 26,000 people and injured 50,000 people.