Tender announced in Azerbaijan’s health sector within WB project

Business Materials 1 September 2012 17:59 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 1 / Trend A.Akhundov /

A group for the implementation of the World Bank (WB) project to reform the health care system in Azerbaijan, established under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Health has announced a tender for the purpose of maintenance of medical equipment, the statement said on Saturday.

The tender involves maintenance of medical equipment for the maternity hospital.

The cost of participation in the tender is 275 manat or $ 350.

The bids will be accepted until 14:45 October 12, 2012 and will be opened at the same day at 15:00.

The project to reform the health care system in Azerbaijan consists of four main components:

- Strengthening of the management potential of the health ministry, sectoral policy, planning policy and regulation;

- Improving the quality and efficiency of health services in five pilot regions, which includes the modification of the initial level of services at the regional level and the construction of three regional hospitals, strengthening the ties between primary and secondary levels of health care presented in these regions;

- Reform of health financing, a gradual transition to the principles of compulsory health insurance;

- Increasing human capacity, including a certification program for medical personnel.

The project was approved by the Board of Directors of the World Bank on June 29, 2006, and its implementation began in December 2006. The total project cost is $ 78.25 million, of which $ 50 million are allocated by WB, while the share of the Government of Azerbaijan in the project is $28.25 million.

As of February 2012, some $32 million of the funds allocated by the World Bank were used.

Project completion is scheduled for December 2012.

This is the second project to reform health care, financed by the World Bank. The first loan of World Bank was $5 million. The implementation of the first project was completed in September 2006.