Although the prevalence of infectious diseases is relatively low in Iran (less than one per cent for HIV), it is much higher in vulnerable groups. MSF provides free healthcare to excluded and marginalised groups in south Tehran, including drug users, sex workers, street children and the Ghorbati ethnic minority.
The team operates a referral system and runs mobile clinics in partnership with Society for Recovery Support, a local organisation which specialises in support for addicts and provides psychosocial assistance, harm reduction and shelter.
MSF runs a clinic offering a comprehensive package of medical services designed for high-risk patients who suffer from stigma and/or require further assistance with following their treatment. Services include counselling, psycho-social aid, medical and mental health consultations, ante- and postnatal care, family planning and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.