As in the previous year, the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent
Societies together with the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and the Ministry of Health of
Azerbaijan, are engaged in an anti-malaria campaign which encompasses the districts of
Sabirabad, Saatli, Imishli, Bilasuvar, Ali-Bayramli, Beylagan and Agjebedi. In the two
months since the 30th of April when the participating parties signed the official
agreement on there has been very satisfactory progress in the implementation of the
constituent parts for the campaign.
Training courses in the treatment, prophylactic and case definition were organised by
the Federation and facilitated by the MOH in the programme run seven districts. The
courses designed for medical staff attached to the Federation and the Ministry of Health,
laboratory technicians, AzRC nurses and volunteers were run for two days in each camp. In
total, 348 people attended these courses.
The anti-malaria insecticide ICON 10% WP, which effectively proved itself during the
last year, was delivered to the country. This time it was provided by the Netherlands Red
Cross Society in the amount of 200 kg to be used in two stages. Thus far, the first stage
of the insecticide spraying was conducted by well-trained personnel from the Hygiene
Epidemiological Stations in the Southern Camps, all IDP settlements in seven districts and
also in the Barda IDP camp. Excellent results were obtained. The second stage will be
conducted by the end of July. Also, the drainage of standing water is actively being
tackled by the Water & Sanitation teams in the Southern Camps. This action
considerably decreases the risk of mosquito breeding.
In the Southern Camps, the Federation health promoters distribute PIRYMETHMINE to the
IDPs on a weekly basis to prevent re-emergence of malaria. In typical to Red Cross and Red
Crescent fashion they are personally calling door-to-door distributing medicine.
The Health Education Workshop was held for those responsible for implementing the
campaign at the grass roots level, namely 44 AzRC volunteer nurses. Accurate information
about malaria and preventative measures from this workshop was subsequently disseminated
by the nurses in their respective communities to raise public awareness about the disease.
Also, 200,000 leaflets and 2,000 posters carrying educational information on three key
messages are currently being distributed throughout the country.
To date, all the Hygiene Epidemiological Stations in seven districts received all the
necessary medication for treatment and prophylactic as well as laboratory materials for
diagnosis. Moreover, in the districts of Agjebedi, Beylagan and Ali Bayramli microscopes
were donated to the Hygiene Epidemiological Stations.
For more information please, contact the Information Department of the Azerbaijan
Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (Tel:
92 57 92 and 92 67 69).