MSF first worked in Azerbaijan in 1989 and closed our last missions in 2003. During that time, we provided medical care to people with a physical or mental disability, and provided maternal and paediatric care through clinics.

We also worked in Nagorno-Karabakh, a self-proclaimed republic internationally recognised as belonging to Azerbaijan, but which is home to many ethnic Armenians. We provided emergency relief and food distributions, and medical care to people fleeing the region’s war during the 1990s, and later, treated people with tuberculosis.

During the 1990s, MSF teams rehabilitated public health structures in the country. We also provided an immunisation programme and worked on preventing sexually-transmitted diseases in clinics in the Imishli, Saatli and Fizuli regions, in the country’s southwest, until January 2001. We provided free basic healthcare in clinics just outside Sumgayit, on the Caspian Sea coast, in the early 2000s, before regional health programmes were handed over to other organisations.

Our activities in 2021 in Azerbaijan

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF in Azerbaijan in 2021 As uncertainty loomed over the future of Nagorno-Karabakh, Médecins Sans Frontières started to offer mental health support to people experiencing chronic stress and anxiety.

In 2021, Armenia/Azerbaijan experienced spikes in tension as fighting broke out in border regions. In response, our team began to support the Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh health authorities to improve the quality of psychological care for people affected by violence and displacement in Martuni, Martakert and Stepanakert. We conducted psychological consultations and worked to improve detection and diagnosis of mental health problems.

To ensure that patients in remote areas could access care, we also assisted with travel costs.

In Martuni hospital, we contracted a local company to build a waste management area and improve storage conditions for the medicines provided by the Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh Ministry of Health.


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MSF activity in Azerbaijan - June 1999

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