ADRA Azerbaijan's initial involvement in primary healthcare commenced in 1997 with a focus on the direct delivery of primary healthcare assistance to remote communities, IDP/R and war affected population through the establishment and management of community health points staffed by ADRA personnel. The provision of direct primary healthcare assistance was necessitated by Section 907 of the U.S. Freedom Support Act that disallowed direct assistance to the Government of Republic of Azerbaijan, thereby effectively excluding direct and active cooperation between the Azerbaijani government, its ministries and the international NGO community for U.S. funded programs. 
With the subsequent suspension of Section 907 of the U.S. Freedom Support Act, on January 25, 2002, ADRA Azerbaijan's healthcare focus shifted from direct intervention to the facilitation of community driven health initiatives and the support of capacity building efforts with the Ministry of Health.
ADRA Azerbaijan's healthcare activities concentrated on the effective operation of transferred community health points by the Ministry of Health, the facilitation of Ministry of Health capacity building, and community health development. ADRA worked to build up capacity of the MoH primary health care providers in maternal and child healthcare with specific reference to breastfeeding, management of diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections of children, Integrated Management of Childhood Diseases, immunization to include cold chain set-up and maintenance, reproductive health and family planning, infection control and waste management.
ADRA Azerbaijan mobilized rural communities around primary and reproductive health care issues through conducting PRA; supporting Village Health Committees in implementing health related micro-projects and health advocacy at regional level; training and supporting of community volunteers in conducting peer health education and condoms distribution.
So far ADRA has worked in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and 13 districts of Azerbaijan. Specific interventions included technical training for Ministry of Health staff, the joint supervision of village health clinics, the support of efforts to build sound primary healthcare information practices and systems, the donation of equipment and fixtures to local and regional hospitals, the strengthening of community based primary health care interventions and community linkages with the Ministry of Health through community health peer education, information exchange and the support of village health councils and regional advisory boards. In addition, ADRA Azerbaijan since 2004 through 2007 has funded and/or provided technical support to 30 rural community micro-projects on infrastructure development, renovation of primary health care facilities, and the delivery of primary healthcare education to rural communities through national and local NGOs.

In 2001 ADRA in collaboration with the Azerbaijan State Committee for Statistics and technical assistance of the US Center for Disease Control conducted a nationwide reproductive health survey.

Collaboration with other INGOs: ADRA is regularly networking with government and non-government agencies involved with health though participating in monthly MoH inter-agency and USAID partners meetings. In 2004, ADRA participated in the interagency TWG lead by the National RH Office. In 2005, ADRA was a member the Consortium of international agencies and MoH of Azerbaijan in support of IMCI implementation in pilot regions of the country. Currently ADRA Azerbaijan has just completed implementing the community development component of the RH/FP ACQUIRE Project in partnership with other 2 agencies under leadership of Engender Health. In addition, we are implementing a Reproductive Health/Family Planning project funded by ADRA International in 12 communities of Agjabedi and Beylagan regions.
Working with Local NGOs: ADRA Azerbaijan has collaborated and built capacity of four local NGOs. Three of them were involved with public health education on mother and child health and family planning. The fourth one called CCP (Caspian Compassion Project), a locally registered NGO was and is currently collaborating with ADRA (material support only) which mobilizes local specialists to provide ophthalmologic services including sight restoration surgery to disadvantaged population. In addition, ADRA Azerbaijan has a current partnership with the Baku-based NGO 'ACDRTRC' (Azerbaijan Community Development Research, Training and Resource Center) which is managing one of ADRA's Vocational Training Center in Ganja.

Assistance to the Blind and Visually Handicapped

ADRA Azerbaijan currently supports interventions that assist the blind and vision impaired. Its strategic partnership with the Caspian Compassion Project (CCP) a local not for profit organization provides for consultations and surgery for treatable conditions such strabismus, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, etc.

Since January, 2004 with ADRA support, CCP has conducted some 700 plus consultations and more than 230 successful surgeries in both Nakhchivan and mainland Azerbaijan that have restored either full or partial vision to the blind or vision impaired.

ADRA Azerbaijan also worked with the Nakhchivan Blind Society and the National Blind Society in Baku to provide needed equipment and educational resources to schools for the blind, such that these school are better equipped to equip students to function independently, have higher levels of self-esteem, and have access to additional education and employment opportunities.

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