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Azerbaijan: Cooperation improves health care for disabled people

27-02-2003 News Release 03/20

As of mid-February, disabled people in Azerbaijan have a new branch of the Prosthetic and Orthotic Rehabilitation Centre – at Ganja, in the west of the country.

The facility belongs to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, but under a July 2002 agreement between the Ministry and the ICRC, the ICRC part-funded its construction and has provided equipment and materials. Indeed, the ICRC will be supplying enough materials and components during 2003 for 500 artificial limbs and orthotic appliances. In addition, the facility boasts two ICRC-trained technicians qualified to international standards, guaranteeing patients a high-quality service.

At the opening ceremony, the head of the ICRC delegation in Azerbaijan said that the Ganja branch would provide sustainable and efficient limb-fitting and orthotic services, helping disabled people get back into society as quickly as possible.

The ICRC is also to supply the Nakhichevan branch of the Rehabilitation Centre with enough materials and components for 150 artificial limbs and orthotic appliances, and will be providing the branch with two machines.

Since 1995, ICRC staff and Ministry specialists have assisted over 1,800 disabled people and produced over 3,200 artificial limbs and orthotic appliances.

 Further information:Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel.: ++41 22 730 24 58