COVID-19 Response Efforts

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Azerbaijan, the U.S. Government has provided over $5 million for Azerbaijan’s COVID-19 response, over $4 million of which is from USAID, to support the immediate and longer-term health and economic effects of the pandemic. These funds have contributed to the provision of food and hygiene supplies to vulnerable families and individuals across the country; communications to educate people on steps they can take to prevent and respond to the spread of the virus; and efforts to help improve local hospitals and health systems’ ability to manage the pandemic, while continuing to provide critical health services including maternal and child health. This money funds efforts by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the national Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF. In addition, USAID’s flagship Private Sector Activity works to help Azerbaijan respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and help small and medium-sized agriculture and agritourism enterprises succeed through the challenges presented by the pandemic.

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Former USAID Global Health Programs: 

USAID concluded its global health portfolio in Azerbaijan in September 2013.
Prior to September 2013, USAID worked with the Ministry of Health to focus efforts on improving healthcare in three important areas: (1) tuberculosis infection control; (2) maternal, neonatal, and child health ; and (3) women and children’s nutrition. USAID partnered with the Ministry of Health and other development assistance partners to incorporate internationally-recognized standards and practices of tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment into the National Tuberculosis Program and implement these practices across the country through competency-based training programs. To help the Ministry of Health manage high maternal, neonatal, and child morbidity and mortality rates, USAID promoted the application of internationally-recognized standards and practices by training Ministry staff at various levels in the health system. To assist this effort, the Ministry of Health in partnership with USAID invested in the development of tuberculosis and maternal, neonatal, and child health management information systems for country-wide use.

USAID also strengthened women and children nutrition in the country by supporting the Azerbaijani government’s food fortification initiative to reduce high levels of anemia and other forms of nutritional deficiency. The USAID-funded National Nutrition Survey, the first of its kind in Azerbaijan, provided important empirical data for the national food fortification initiative.