According to the public relations center of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, the redesignation order was offered to Dr. Somi, the chancellor of the university, by Dr. Christoph Hamelmann WHO Representative in Iran.
Dr. Somi stated that NPMC has served as a leading center for expansion of both training and research in the realm of health from the lowest stages for public health to the highest levels of health management. He continued that since seventeen years ago (the establishment of NPMC) there have been acceptable efforts to join to WHO, world’s main health organization.
He added that “further to the first four-year round of collaboration with WHO, we are now proud that NPMC demonstrated its abilities for redesignation for the second four-year period. Such a collaboration is significant for us and we would do our best for production and transfer of knowledge”.
Underscoring the importance of financial supports, Dr. Somi, also, mentioned that NPMC is now recognized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and Plan and Budget Organization and it is noteworthy that a budget is allocated to this center.
Emphasizing on the importance of maintaining cooperation with WHO, the chancellor of university remarked that thanks to the existence of various educational and research domains, resourceful faculty members in universities of medical sciences across the country, and a wide range of service provisions from home health settlements to multi super specialty hospitals may strongly prove our capability to meet the requirements set by WHO.
Eventually, taking into consideration the Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop in the first WHO joint training program on “training hospital management trainers” with NPMC for Iraqi and Afghan participants, Dr. Somi noted that such training programs provide an appropriate framework for further collaboration with the World Health Organization.