Iran in transition

Lancet. 2019 May 11;393(10184):1984-2005. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)33197-0. Epub 2019 Apr 28.


Being the second-largest country in the Middle East, Iran has a long history of civilisation during which several dynasties have been overthrown and established and health-related structures have been reorganised. Iran has had the replacement of traditional practices with modern medical treatments, emergence of multiple pioneer scientists and physicians with great contributions to the advancement of science, environmental and ecological changes in addition to large-scale natural disasters, epidemics of multiple communicable diseases, and the shift towards non-communicable diseases in recent decades. Given the lessons learnt from political instabilities in the past centuries and the approaches undertaken to overcome health challenges at the time, Iran has emerged as it is today. Iran is now a country with a population exceeding 80 million, mainly inhabiting urban regions, and has an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes, malignancies, mental disorders, substance abuse, and road injuries.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Transition
  • History of Medicine*
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Iran / epidemiology
  • Noncommunicable Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Persia
  • Quality-Adjusted Life Years