Why a focus on family medicine can hit big goals

DR SAMIRA Pouryosefi is a family doctor working in the Zar Nan rural health centre in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

As head of her local primary healthcare team, she is responsible for the health and wellbeing of more than 4700 people. 

She also works with the community health workers, called behvarz, who run the small health clinics, known as ‘health houses’, in the surrounding villages. 

I was visiting Iran for the World Health Organization (WHO) examining the integration of health services