HAMI is very pleased to announce that in a humanitarian gesture, following a suggestion made by Governor of Semnan and Minister of Interior ,President of Islamic Republic of Iran’s approval, all COVID-19 patients in Iran will receive treatment free of charge. President Rouhani has specifically approved free-of-charge treatment of foreign nationals who have contracted COVID-19. The decision has been made to facilitate access to treatment for all including Afghan refugees and migrants in Iran.
It is worth mentioning that more than 3.5 million Afghans reside in Iran among whom only 950,000 are refugees who have access to health insurance like the Iranian nationals. The rest are partly documented and mostly undocumented migrant workers.
Considering the severe economic sanctions imposed on Iran and lack of access to international resources, the government of Iran should shoulder the cost incurred by extending the free treatment to all foreign nationals. We would like to urge the international community to undertake its humanitarian responsibilities vis-a-vis protecting vulnerable communities including Afghan refugees as well as documented and undocumented migrants currently residing in Iran.