World Bank to Get Familiar with Azerbaijani Healthcare System

Business Materials 13 November 2007 14:04 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. I.Khalilova / Armin Fidler, the manager of the Healthcare sector of the World Bank, to pay an official visit to Baku on 14 November to get familiar with the project on reforms in healthcare system of Azerbaijan, the Baku representative of the Bank reported.

The plan of rationalization is being developed in five pilot regions, Gakh, Shaki, Ismayilli, Agdash and Absheron. The electron cards system has been developed taking into consideration the reports on pilot parties. The project is planning to expand throughout the country in the future.

Within the framework of the project it is planning to construct 30 first medical centres.

The project has four main components:

- To strengthen the management potential of Health Ministry, sectorial policy, planning and regulation.

- to improve medical services, quality and efficiency in 5 pilot regions and construction of three region medical centres, as well as strengthening of ties between the first and second healthcare systems.

- Reform to finance healthcare, gradual transform to compulsory medical insurance.

- to increase staff potential including certification for medical personal.

The project was approved by the Council of Directors of the World Bank on 29 June 2006, however, the implementation of the project was launched in December 2006. The total fee of the project is $86,75mln. World Bank will allocate $50mln. The share of Azerbaijan made up $28,250mln. World Health Organization, UNICEF and USAID are planning to allocate the other share of the fund.