OUR INSPIRATIONS | Dr. Arash Alaei


Alaei Arash

Arash Alaei is the Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior at the University of Albany. He also serves as the associate director for both the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and the International Academic Program. Alaie has worked on issues related to health and human rights for more than a decade, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS patients and injecting drug users. He was working in the “Triangular Clinic” for three target groups: drug users, HIV patients, and STD cases in Iran. This model was documented by the World Health Organization/ EMRO as a “Best Practice Model”.

Alaie earned his MD degree at the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (MD) following a medical internship at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. Selected publications include: Alaei A; Alaei K. Health Diplomacy, a case study: An AIDS Prevention and Treatment Initiative in the Middle East. Global Health and Diplomacy. Sept. 2012 p 40-43; and Alaei K; Alaei A. HIV/AIDS and Addiction in Iran: From a long time denial to breaking the silence. Epidemic Proportions. Jan.2007.

Global Red Cross and Red Crescent

Later, after World War I, when the issue of Global Red Cross was raised, Iran was seeing the most fundamental changes by the rule of Reza Shah Pahlavi. The foundation of Tehran University, the cross-country railroad and the formation of modern industry are only some examples of such seminal changes. In the same way, medical science, which already had its roots within the Persian history, was subjected to such revolutionary developments as well. In this regard, one of the attempts that had been made was to enroll Iran as a member of International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent (IFRC). As you may know, there were two flags for this union at that time: the Red Cross and the Red Crescent; Iran has come with the suggestion of the ‘Red Lion and Sun’as a symbol of his national flag which was accepted as an official international flag along with the Red Cross and Crescent.

 

American Methods

After world war two, by spreading cooperation between Iran and USA… We can see in that time many doctors came to USA for specialized courses or medical courses, and American doctors were invited to Iran. Iranian education system thoughts tended to be close to USA education system. We know that, one of the success that Iran achieved was Shiraz University and Pennsylvania University. The medical education in Iran had a very high standards level that many students were coming to Shiraz University for a period of their studies, because all the notes and standard qualifications in this university had been the same as the American University. The changed of Iranian educational perspective and increasing the number of American graduates caused that Iranian standards being closer to American standards in medical education field. Because of Iranian historical perspective to medical issues and helping the patient, on the other hand, helping and supporting the patient have been always exist and in Iranian culture and being taught by Aboalisina and Razi. The coordination of this historical culture and French methods and later American methods caused that Iranian medical education being in a high standard level.

 

Treating HIV in Iran

This institute was working until the middle of 60s in Iran that the first HIV case has been known. It was a kid who had hemophilia. After investigation, they found out that the kid infected by blood transfusion. After more investigation they found out that blood transfusion institute purchased non-standard blood without HIV and Hepatitis tests (01:17:58) many children infected by those bloods that time. After that blood transfusion institute was under a special consideration. Blood transfusion institute establishment was a great idea by Dr.Aela management in 50s. But in 60s in Iran, due to changing management, the quality decreased. After that critical situation due to purchasing infected bloods, blood transfusion institute became stable again with a new management. Nowadays, Iranian blood transfusion institute has a high standards quality in Middle East and North Africa.