Press Release

USAID and WHO held a Hybrid Symposium on Emergency Care System Strengthening in Azerbaijan

19 December 2022

  • Hybrid Symposium on Emergency Care System (ECS) Strengthening was organized on 16 December within the framework of the Azerbaijan Pandemic Response (APR) Activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) Azerbaijan Country Office in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance (SAMHI) and TABIB.

One of the focus areas of APR Activity is to support the improvement of emergency care services, training, and standards. We launched ECS Strengthening Week Activities on 12 December to discuss and improve the future vision of Azerbaijan on ECSs, to provide trainings in this field and raise awareness and train citizens on CPR procedures and identifying a cardiac arrest attack.

Dr. Geray Geraybeyli, rector of Azerbaijan Medical University, Michael Nehrbass, USAID Mission Director, Dr. Nadir Zeynalov, Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Teymur Mirzabeyli, head of the Medical Activity Organization Department of TABIB and Dr. Hande Harmanci, WHO Representative in Azerbaijan delivered opening remarks at the symposium we organized at Azerbaijan Medical University as part of the events of the mentioned week. Heads of emergency departments, doctors, and other health workers, as well as decision-makers of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Emergency Situations, SAMHI, and TABIB in this field, hospital directors, university teachers, and employees of international organizations participated in the symposium. The symposium, held in a hybrid format and was attended by about 250 onsite participants as well as viewers on the Zoom platform.

During the first 4 days of the week, more than 70 health and non-health workers participated in trainings at the Yeni Klinika, Clinical Medical Center, and Sumgayit Training, Simulation and Evaluation Center as part of the ECS strengthening Week activities. This symposium and working group meetings held on December 17 aimed to promote collaboration among emergency medical professionals, health authorities, decision-makers, and the public in this area.

The week was concluded with a training and community engagement event held at Deniz Mall on December 18 and dedicated to promoting the importance of learning CPR skills

Fanara Bunyadzada

Fanara Bunyadzada

Communications Officer

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