WHO / AZERBAIJAN COVID-19 RESPONSE

28-Jul-2020 00:04:15
As part of World Health Organization (WHO)’s support of Azerbaijan’s response to COVID-19, the REACT-C19 project brought 19 Azerbaijani doctors working abroad in Turkey back to their home country to assist in training medical personnel in proper procedures relating to triage, treatment, and protective gear. WHO
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STORY: WHO / AZERBAIJAN COVID-19 RESPONSE
TRT: 04:15
SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / AZERBAIJANI / NATS

DATELINE: 18 JUNE 2020, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN
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1. Close up, hand sanitizer being applied to hands.
2. Med shot, local health workers practicing hand hygiene during REACT-C19 training.
3. Wide shot, instructor showing class how to clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub.
4. Various shots, REACT-C19 doctor teaching hand hygiene to local health workers.
5. Various shots, local health worker taking notes during class.
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Hande Harmanci, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Azerbaijan:
“Well when we started working more closely with the government, we saw that even though they had all the facilities, the equipment necessary, there was a little bit reluctance to use these new machines and new methods of treatment within the health care workers. So, everybody that we spoke with, they said it would be really nice to help with scaling up some essential capacities in the health workers in the country so that they would be ready when numbers really got very very big.”
7. Med shot, local health care worker asking question during class.
8. Wide shot, REACT-C19 training coordinator, Dr Ibrahim Durak, speaking to class
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Hande Harmanci, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Azerbaijan:
“We thought that we should bring in some people to help hand-in-hand with the practising doctors and the practising hospital managers so that we could get the hospitals ready and the practising doctors more in sync with what they need to do vis-a-vis responding to COVID patients.”
10. Various shots, health care workers attending to COVID-19 patient.
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Hamza Zeytinoglu, REACT-C19 Field Coordinator:
“We were doing our research and study and we identified a very important document that was going to meet the needs that we were looking for, which was the Hospital Readiness Checklist of the World Health Organization.”
12. Various shots, health workers attending to COVID-19 patients.
13. Med shot, health workers looking at monitor.
14. Various shots, health workers registering patients.
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Hamza Zeytinoglu, REACT-C19 Field Coordinator:
“So what we did is like, there's this checklist that we were going through with the hospitals, and we said that we would be doing that, but also we turned it into a monitor for our teams, as you well know, we have these, a team of 19 physicians that came to Azerbaijan, so that they could use it on a daily basis so we could have a monitoring tool in hand.”
16. Various shots, REACT-C19 Consultant Doctor Sabir Israfilov training health worker on pulmotor.
17. SOUNDBITE (Azerbaijani) Consultant Doctor Sabir Israfilov, REACT-C19:
"Of course, as any Azerbaijani living away from homeland, we are always concerned with thoughts about making some contributions to our country, even if minuscule. We all have these feelings inside us. In the period of the coronavirus when our country is going through tough times - the pandemic is comparable to war - being given this chance in this period is a big deal for us. And we didn't miss this chance. And came here through the World Health Organization." 18. Wide shot, traffic driving past sign warning against COVID-19 and protective measures to adopt
19. Wide shot, window of closed shop warning against COVID-19 and protective measures to adopt
20. Various shots, Baku city views
STORYLINE
As part of World Health Organization (WHO)’s support of Azerbaijan’s response to COVID-19, the REACT-C19 project brought 19 Azerbaijani doctors working abroad in Turkey back to their home country to assist in training medical personnel in proper procedures relating to triage, treatment, and protective gear.

The team conducted training in Baku and around the country.

Dr Hande Harmanci, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Azerbaijan:
“Well when we started working more closely with the government, we saw that even though they had all the facilities, the equipment necessary, there was a little bit reluctance to use these new machines and new methods of treatment within the health care workers. So, everybody that we spoke with, they said it would be really nice to help with scaling up some essential capacities in the health workers in the country so that they would be ready when numbers really got very very big.”

REACT-C19 project, which aims to support Azerbaijan in rapidly scaling up essential capacities for COVID-19 readiness and response finished its second sprint with impressive outcomes covering 8 hospitals in a month and a half. The project started in the middle of April with the arrival to Baku of 19 Azerbaijani doctors currently working in Turkey.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Hande Harmanci, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Azerbaijan:
“We thought that we should bring in some people to help hand-in-hand with the practising doctors and the practising hospital managers so that we could get the hospitals ready and the practising doctors more in sync with what they need to do vis-a-vis responding to COVID patients.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Hamza Zeytinoglu, REACT-C19 Field Coordinator:
“So what we did is like, there's this checklist that we were going through with the hospitals, and we said that we would be doing that, but also we turned it into a monitor for our teams, as you well know, we have these, a team of 19 physicians that came to Azerbaijan, so that they could use it on a daily basis so we could have a monitoring tool in hand.”

Using the WHO Hospital Readiness Checklist, the REACT-C19 team of doctors made an assessment in selected capacities in the hospitals, made a joint action plan with the hospital management and started activities to address them. The use of a standardized assessment tool gave healthcare workers confidence in their daily activities.

The teams worked in establishing or strengthening Infection Prevention and Control Committees, and setting up triage systems. These are important interventions to minimize infection spread to health care workers, patients and their families.

During this time, more than 400 healthcare workers including doctors, nurses and auxiliary personnel in hospitals (like cleaning staff, porters, cooks, etc.) attended the hands-on training activities delivered by REACT-C19 teams.

In addition to training and setting of standards, the teams also helped the local doctors in the management of critically ill patients.

SOUNDBITE (Azerbaijani) Consultant Doctor Sabir Israfilov, REACT-C19:
"Of course, as any Azerbaijani living away from homeland, we are always concerned with thoughts about making some contributions to our country, even if minuscule. We all have these feelings inside us. In the period of the coronavirus when our country is going through tough times - the pandemic is comparable to war - being given this chance in this period is a big deal for us. And we didn't miss this chance. And came here through the World Health Organization."
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