November-December 1997 Issue 14
The seven so-called Southern Camps, situated close to the
Azerbaijani and Iranian border, were established in April 1993 after large population
movements from the occupied territories south of Nagorno-Karabakh. They are currently home
to approx. 34000 internally displaced people and are under the management of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Supplementary food for youngest camps children
The International Federations health promoters were very busy in the month of
November distributing supplementary food rations to needy children living in the Southern
Camps. The supplementary feeding programme was started by the Federation after systematic
screening of 0-5 year old children showed that approximately 30% of children in that age
group are undernourished. Subsequently, some 400 children from the Southern Camps were
identified for the 3 month long supplementary feeding programme.
In order to improve the childrens health status it was decided to start the
distribution of a special, protein rich and nutritional pre-mix containing oat meal, dried
milk, sugar and vegetable oil which had been designed by the Federations Medical
Department. Presently, the above mentioned items are distributed on a weekly basis, except
for the sugar and oil which are distributed each month. It should be noted that all
commodities were purchased locally. "We have to thoroughly explain to the mothers how
to mix ingredients correctly and, more importantly, not to reduce the daily food intake
for the children while feeding them on the pre-mix" says Mrs. Irada Shirinova, a
senior nurse in C7 camp, while giving food commodities to Mrs. Rafiga Jafarova for her 2
year-old daughter Saida. "Another task for us to do is to make sure that mothers give
the supplementary food only to the child or children under the programme. This is
monitored through weekly screening of children to see whether they are recuperating or
Meanwhile, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies started
implementation of the first stage of polio vaccination in the Southern Camps, following a
special request from the Republican Centre of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Azerbaijan.
Covering all children ranging from 0 to 4 years old the vaccination was underway from 3 to
7 November. The second stage of immunisation will take place in December.
First aid training for IDPs
12 volunteers attended First Aid courses organised by the International Federation in
November. The courses, which are conducted at the C6 learning centre in Bilasuvar
district, are designed to provide the basic knowledge on measures which should be
undertaken in case of an accident. "At the end of the training a few best students
will be selected to become instructors. They, in turn, will train other people," says
the International Federations Medical Co-ordinator, Dr. Uma Kandalayeva. The courses
are led by the Azeri Red Crescent First Aid Co-ordinator, Dr. Tahir Gadjiyev.
Two new delegates have joined the Federation Sub-Delegation in Sabirabad recently.
First to arrive was Scott Simmons, who will be in charge of the Agriculture Programme for
the coming months. Scott is Australian, but seconded to this mission by the British Red
Cross. Maryanne Leblanc from the American Red Cross assumed responsibilities of the Water
and Sanitation Programme for the Southern Camps in November. The SC Update wishes them
every success in their work in Azerbaijan.
For more information please contact the Azerbaijan Delegation of
the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Tel: 92 57 92
or 92 67 69