Introduction of A Pyramidal Model Based on Primary Health Care: A Paradigm for Management of 2009 H1N1 Flu Pandemic

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H Joulaei 1 , B Honarvar 1 , N Zamiri 1 , M Moghadami 1 , KB Lankarani ORCID 2 , *

1 Health Policy Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Fars, Iran

2 Health Policy Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, [email protected], Fars, Iran

How to Cite: Joulaei H, Honarvar B, Zamiri N, Moghadami M, Lankarani K. Introduction of A Pyramidal Model Based on Primary Health Care: A Paradigm for Management of 2009 H1N1 Flu Pandemic, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 12(3):224-230.

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Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 12 (3); 224-230
Article Type: Review Article
Received: October 10, 2009
Accepted: February 6, 2010

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Abstract

Primary health care (PHC) as the first level of contact of all individuals, the family and the community with the national health system has a prominent role in response to different health events such as H1N1 pandemic. Regarding the great potentials of PHC and several experiences achieved in previous natural disasters and epidemics in Iran, in this study there is an attempt to propose a pyramidal model to combat against H1N1 pandemic. Pyramidal model puts all key components such as community, NGOs, PHC, hospitals, policy makers together to confront concurrent H1N1 pandemic and other health issues by a comprehensive, integrated and organized approach. This model should be regarded as a continuous, flexible and dynamic solution to pandemics. H1N1 pandemic, as a multi-wave and unpredictable event of the 21st century that involved most countries, threatens communities and confronts hospitals with growing demands of patients for health services. By defining the role of PHC and other important parts of pyramidal models such as community, we can fight against H1N1 pandemic appropriately with the least human and financial resources.

 

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PHC Primary health care Model H1N1 Pandemic Iran

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