By Vafa Ismayilova
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR) and the Japanese embassy have sent aid to
Azerbaijan's war-torn areas.
The UNFPA country office in Azerbaijan has completed the
procurement and delivery of 32 emergency ISRH kits consisting of
medical and reproductive health supplies to the Azerbaijani Health
Ministry's Innovation and Supply Centre, UNFPA office in Azerbaijan
reported on February 17.
The kits include medical items intended for the treatment of
infectious diseases, clinical delivery assistance, referral level
of RH, and blood transfusion, according to the UNFPA.
The kits will further be distributed to the medical personnel of
regional hospitals operating in eight districts (Aghdam, Barda,
Tartar, Goranboy, Goygol, Aghjabadi, Ganja, Mingachevir) affected
during the recent war.
This action is part of the UNFPA’s support to the efforts
undertaken by the Azerbaijani government in the framework of
addressing the humanitarian needs of the population living on the
Over the past 25 years of its operation in Azerbaijan, UNFPA has
been focusing on enhancing the national capacity to improve the
availability, accessibility, and utilization of population data as
a basis for formulating, implementing, and monitoring national
policies and programs to appropriately address both current and
Day.az reported on February 18 that the Azerbaijan Red Crescent
Society started to distribute essential items provided by UNHCR to
Azerbaijanis, who were affected by the 44-day war in
The UNHCR office said that the agency had sent to Azerbaijan
30,000 blankets, 10,000 square metres of plastic tents, 4,000
kitchen sets, 443 sets of sanitary and hygienic accessories, 12,000
pillows and 2,554 mattresses.
This number of essential items have been allocated for 2,400
families (over 10,000 people).
Meanwhile, Trend reported, quoting the Japanese embassy that the
Japanese government decided to allocate an urgent grant to
Azerbaijan in the amount of $1.2 million.
The grant is allocated to tackle the humanitarian crisis as a
result of the 44-day hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The grant covers assistance, namely, medical equipment to one
leading clinic; providing safe access to water sources for about
500 people; restoration of temporary shelters for about 6,400
people and providing them with heating supplies; food to
approximately 8,000 people.
"After Azerbaijan gained independence, the Japanese government
began to implement the development assistance projects in
Azerbaijan. Until now it has issued concessional loans worth about
$1 billion and implemented grant projects worth more than $100
million. Japan intends to continue to render assistance to
Azerbaijan," the embassy said.
During the war, losing on the battlefield, Armenia resorted to
vicious attacks against Azerbaijani civilians, killing 100
Azerbaijani civilians, including 12 children, and wounding over 400
by targeted missile attacks on major Azerbaijani cities outside of
the war zone, using even widely banned cluster munitions.
On November 10, Baku and Yerevan signed a Moscow-brokered deal
that brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia and
Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the
Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw
its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since
the early 1990s.
On January 11, the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders
signed the second statement since the end of the 44-day war. The
newly-signed statement is set to implement clause 9 of the November
2020 statement related to the unblocking of all economic and
transport communications in the region.
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