During 2001-2006 Mercy Corps Azerbaijan through the Child Survival Program
(CSP) will strengthen the ability of mothers, caretakers, and communities to
take responsibilities for their own health and for the health of their children.
The US Agency for International Development funded Child Survival Program's
target area includes the three mountainous districts of Yardimli, Lerik and
Massali in southeastern Azerbaijan.
The CSP interventions are aimed at the household and community level and will
improve the primary health care services through training of feldschers and
midwives, the first-level health care providers at the community level.
The Child Survival Program's activities include:
Education for behavior change in mothers and caretakers in the intervention
areas; working with women, men and communities to seek primary care for infants
and young children in a timely way at first-level peripheral health facilities.
Health advocacy and the strengthening of individual and community-level action
around maternal and child health (MCH) needs through community mobilization,
a community-based health information system (HIS), and the development and promotion
of community involvement in women's and men's groups, health councils, and other
Training of midwives and feldschers as first-line community health care providers
to improve quality of care.
The program will impact more than 20,000 children under five years and 30,000
women of reproductive age. In total over 50,000 people will benefit from the
Child Survival efforts will focus on mobilizing community-level mechanisms
and networks that will facilitate health education and promote positive, preventive
behaviors for caretakers of children under five and their mothers. This will
include pneumonia and diarrhea case management, maternal and newborn care, child
spacing, and to document and disseminate the project impact and lessons learned
to outside organizations.