AZOn the 19th of January 2017, Baku hosted the meeting of the national TB-REP project coordinator, head of the Sanitary-epidemiological Department of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Viktor Gasimov, and the TB-REP project partner-representative of civil society, head of the public association “Saglamliga Khidmat”, Elchin Mukhtarli. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Institute of Lung Diseases, National TB Programme manager, Dr Irada Akhundova.

One of the main objectives of the TB-REP project, currently implemented in 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, consists in consolidating efforts of the state and civil society in order to promote more effective and patient-centered approaches to TB care. Coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders of the TB-REP project, in particular, national coordinators and community representatives, including patients, play an important role in achieving a positive outcome of the project. Face to face meetings with the participation of project partners responsible for various project components contribute to achieving a better mutual understanding and coordination of activities.

Thus, during the meeting with the national TB-REP project coordinator Viktor Gasimov, Elchin Mukhtarli gave an overview of the activities carried out under his leadership. In particular, the following was noted:

  • Producing educational videos on TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment, which support the outpatient care model;
  • Conducting a KAP-study of knowledge, attitudes and practices among health care workers and members of patient communities to identify needs and barriers in transitioning to outpatient TB care model in Azerbaijan;
  • Planning to present the KAP-study findings to the National TB-REP Project Working Group and organizing a conference focused on the results of the survey;F45A7908
  • Organizing a training for civil society organizations and patient groups, which include mainly members of the TB Azerbaijan Coalition, and developing the capacity of NGOs to work in the field of TB.

For his part, Mr. Gasimov said that he knew about the important work of non-governmental organizations, but looked forward to an even greater contribution on the part of the public towards tuberculosis prevention, treatment and care. At the same time, he emphasized that TB was curable, and combining efforts with non-governmental organizations and communities affected by TB, was a key factor of success in fighting the TB morbidity rates.

Introducing people-centered TB care models, as an important step in fighting the epidemic, is a priority for prospects for cooperation of the National TB-REP project coordinator and the partner-representative of civil society.

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The activity has been made possible with funding provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) through the grant TB Regional EECA Project (TB-REP) on Strengthening Health Systems for Effective TB and DR-TB Control. The author’s (authors’) views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the GF, Principal Recipient and other Partners of the TB-REP project.


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