EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme for the Eastern Partnership – Health

Project Description
This initiative is part of a common European response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which aims to address the short-term emergency needs, as well as the longer-term structural impacts with a special focus on the most vulnerable countries, with weak health systems. The initiative supports the partner countries in their fight against the virus and helps them to address better the needs of the most vulnerable people. It is implemented in three stages in 2020-2022 and contributes to the participant countries' anti-COVID-19 efforts both by procurement of essential medical supplies and via providing capacity-building support to health institutions and emergency preparedness.
Specific Objective
The overall objective of this initiative is to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the Eastern Partner countries, thus contributing to their longer-term social and economic resilience.

Specifically, it aims to (1) provide an effective, rapid, and coordinated response to COVID-19, and (2) strengthen the national capacity to effectively prevent, prepare for, detect and respond to public health emergencies.
Expected Results
- As a short-term response (3-4 months), the initiative will start by responding to the most immediate needs and support Azerbaijan in creating surge capacity to respond to the COVID outbreak. This includes supporting the readiness of care facilities and health workers through the delivery of key equipment and medical devices (such as ventilators, laboratory kits, masks, goggles, gowns and safety suits) and training, as well as support in the national coordination of the COVID response and risk communication to the population;
- As a medium-term response (8-9 months), the initiative will continue to support the country in strengthening health systems to respond to COVID-19 by maintained delivery of key equipment and medical devices, as well as capacity-building support to health institutions;
- As a longer-term response (12 months), based on the experience during the pandemic, the program will assess the ability of the country to ensure health services and emergency response and develop a national action plan for emergency preparedness.
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Priority Area:
Partnership that protects, Partnership that greens
Governance & public administration, Health
Good government, COVID-19, Health
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Implementing Organisation:
WHO Country Office in Azerbaijan
Funding by the EU:
€1 506 500
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