20171031_142044On 25 October 2017, a fruitful meeting took place between Civil Society Organization members and Mrs Sadagat Valiyeva, a Member of Azerbaijan Parliament (MP) who is one of the members of the Global Caucus. The meeting was aimed to strengthen collaboration between Member of Parliaments and non-governmental organizations in response TB.

It was a follow up meeting from the ‘Regional network of people with experience of TB across Europe and Central Asia’, which was held on 16-19 September in Tbilisi, Georgia where members of TB people from across the region, including Azerbaijan. The participants had a great opportunity to meet MPs from their respective country, share their experience, deliver TB messages and ask support in problems impede effective TB treatment and care in the country. During the meeting, the member of TB people from Azerbaijan has emphasized the importance of people-centered model of health care and significant role of CSO in addressing TB problems.

During Tbilisi meeting, MP of Azerbaijan promised Chingiz Ramazanli,TB people member from Azerbaijan to have a meeting with CSO members when she is back in Baku and to discuss TB challenges and achievements in the country, which was very encouraging step from MP’s side.

The purpose of the meeting with MP, Mrs. Sadaqat Valiyeva, which was held in her office in Baku, a month after Tbilisi meeting was to introduce efforts and contributions of NGOs in TB prevention, control and care in Azerbaijan.

Mrs. Valiyeva has a long TB experience as she was the head doctor of one of TB dispensary in Baku. It was found that the MP is well aware of TB situation in Azerbaijan and ready to hear from NGO’s perspective about TB problems and gaps in the country which need to be addressed. Civil Society partner of TB-REP, Elchin MAz Blogukhtarli briefed her about TB-REP program activities which have been implementing in Azerbaijan, since 2016 and overall situation regarding TB; constraints and achievements.

MP highly appreciated the work done by NGOs and offered her help in better TB control and care. It was mentioned that “Azerbaijan TB law” which was adopted in 2000 is very outdated and needs amendments. Mrs. Valiyeva noted that she is aware of the problem. The discussion over the issue has already strated at the meeting of Health committee of Parliament on 1st of June, 2017. She promised that on the next meeting of committee she will take into consideration of the issues raised by CSOs and try to have all the gaps in existing TB law to be filled.

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