From 1999 to 2008, IRD implemented a variety of relief and development programs in Azerbaijan. In healthcare, humanitarian assistance, food security, infrastructure, and other areas, our programs addressed the needs of internally displaced persons (IDP) and other vulnerable populations. As in all our work, IRD collaborated with many stakeholders, including national and local government, local civil society organizations and IDP committees, local administration and health authorities, and other international organizations.
Medical commodities distribution: Through the Essential Medical Commodities Distribution (EMCD) project, funded by the US Department of State, IRD distributed pharmaceuticals and medical and non-medical supplies to over 300,000 IDP and other vulnerable people in northwestern and northern Azerbaijan. The project also trained medical professionals and monitored distribution of commodities to ensure they reached targeted beneficiaries. Under EMCD, IRD provided health, hygiene, clothing, and other relief to medical facilities, IDP, and institutions such as orphanages, schools, and homes for the elderly. In total, IRD distributed $100 million in medical and non-medical commodities to over a million beneficiaries, trained 2,600 doctors and 1,000 nurses, and completed two small rehabilitation projects.
Family planning and reproductive health: From 2003 to 2005, IRD implemented the USAID-funded Family Planning and Reproductive Health Initiatives. In collaboration with partners Save the Children, UMCOR, and JHPIEGO, IRD created rural city pilot programs for family planning and reproductive health in 56 communities in Ganja, Mingechevir, Khanlar, and Dashkasan. IRD tested and evaluated a pilot model for implementing a basic package of family planning and reproductive health knowledge for use by married couples and adolescents. The program had a strong public education component that included reproductive health “festivals,” family calendars, and other print materials. IRD also rehabilitated reproductive health facilities and strengthened reproductive health networks.
Agricultural development project: With US Department of Agriculture funding, IRD implemented the Agricultural Development Project (ADP) during 2003–2007. The proceeds, which were generated through sale of 10,000MT of soybean meal to some of the country’s largest poultry producer associations, supported training and technical assistance to farming communities in Ganja, Goranboy, Khanlar, and other regions. IRD established poultry groups and distributed chicks and geese, mixed fodder, and metal nets.
Under ADP, IRD implemented two health awareness programs, for HIV/AIDS and avian influenza. The initiative increased awareness about HIV, prevention methods, and stigma and discrimination. IRD also trained peer educators, mentors, and health workers in HIV issues to ensure the work would be sustained when the project concluded. To raise awareness about avian influenza, which affected areas of the country in early 2006, IRD prepared a training plan and training materials based on information provided by the World Health Organization. The training reached 1,500 farmers and other beneficiaries. In addition, more than 10,000 leaflets and brochures addressing proper poultry handling practices and basic information about avian influenza were distributed.
IRD remains ready to apply its technical and management expertise in development and relief activities in Azerbaijan, supporting the democratic process, and assisting communities in need to address their priorities.
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