Baku, Azerbaijan – Mr. Ghulam M. Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator, accompanied by World Health Organization’s Head of Country Office Dr. Kamran Garakhanov, met today with the Minister of Health of Azerbaijan Prof. Ogtay Shiraliyev.
Welcoming the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Shiraliyev highlighted the close cooperation enjoyed between the Ministry of Health and UN Agencies, especially with WHO and UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Mr Minister also briefly outlined how relations with international organizations in the area of public health have changed over the years, from a donor-recipient relationship in the past, to one that is now based on technical cooperation. The Minister also informed the guests of modern trends in the development of the health sector in Azerbaijan.
UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Ghulam M. Isaczai thanked the Minister for this opportunity to meet and commended the achievements made by Azerbaijan in targeting the health goals of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Mr. Isaczai mentioned the elimination of malaria, rubella and measles, the polio free status of Azerbaijan, the efficient control of tuberculosis and the HIV situation and the significant reduction over the past 10 years of maternal and child mortality indicators. He also expressed huge appreciation for the role that Mr. Shiraliyev has played in the work of WHO governing bodies, which resulted in him being presented with an award from WHO EURO last year.
Finally, the UN Resident Coordinator committed the UN System’s full support to the Ministry of Health towards strengthening the public health system further in Azerbaijan, especially with regards to Maternal and Child Health, Reproductive Health, health financing and universal coverage, and the procurement of quality medicines and supplies via international mechanisms. He also stressed the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted the readiness of UN Agencies to cooperate with the Ministry of Health in achieving the specific health related targets and indicators of these Global Goals.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Shiraliyev thanked the UN system in Azerbaijan for its assistance and expressed a willingness to continue their fruitful cooperation in the future.