Mother and Baby Health

With its national partners, UNICEF Iran strengthens health systems, maximizes immunization coverage and supports policies and financing to safeguard the health of children and women

a child in bed
UNICEF Iran/Asadollahi


Two out of every three deaths of children under five years of age in the Islamic Republic of Iran occur during the first month of life. This is equivalent to a neonatal mortality rate of 10 newborn deaths per 1,000 live births. Prematurity and Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) are among the main causes of neonatal deaths.


UNICEF works with the Government and other partners to:     

  • Help prevent premature labour and build health service capacity to promote health care at the time of birth.
  • Facilitate effective team-based care for health professionals who look after newborns at the time of delivery.
newborn health


At the time of delivery, considerably more newborns will survive in the most disadvantaged areas across Iran.


The main partner is the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education.