Health Sub-Committee


Help Thalassaemia patients in Azerbaijan
A project by The Anglo Azerbaijan Society Health Subcommittee.
Thalassaemia is a  genetic disorder  of the blood which is present throughout the southern regions of the former USSR and Sothern Mediterranean countries.
In thalassaemia, the disease is caused by the weakening and destruction of  red blood cells. This is caused by  faulty mutant  genes  which affect how the body makes haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells which carries oxygen. People with thalassaemia make less haemoglobin and fewer circulating red blood cells than normal, this  results in mild or severe  anemia. There is no simple permanent treatment for this disorder. Patients with severe thalassemia require lifelong treatment with repeated blood transfusions in order to prolong patients life. However in sophisticated centres it is possible to cure patients with thalassaemia with  bone marrow  transplant  from compatible  donors.
Although adequate medical facilities and equipment are available in Azerbaijan, technical laboratory expertise to diagnose and treat the condition is​ ​in need of urgent improvements. The medical staff at the specialist centers in Baku dealing with Thalassaemia patients would greatly benefit from some help in training the staff using the diagnostic equipment and operating the blood transfusion facilities.
Our Chairman Lord German had visited some medical facilities during his recent trip to Baku. Although he saw some very sophisticated laboratory blood testing equipment he also identified a definite  need for training at technician level.
The Anglo-Azerbaijan Society is aiming to arrange and finance short term exchange of specialist medical staff and laboratory technician training visits between the UK and Azerbaijan. We hope this will  contribute towards the efforts of Azerbaijani Medical staff by assisting them in their training and use of the available laboratory equipment.

 


The Anglo-Azerbaijan Society is aiming to arrange and finance short term exchange of specialist medical staff and laboratory technician training visits between the UK and Azerbaijan. We hope this will contribute towards the efforts of Azerbaijani Medical staff by assisting them in their training and use of the available laboratory equipment.