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The Life without Thalassemia

 Heydar Aliyev Foundation is actively paricipating in the social life of not only Azerbaijan but also of many other countries. Alongside with the implementation of various charity projects and programs, the Foundation actively popularizes Azerbaijan in the world.

Azerbaijan is among the countries with widespread thalassemia. Over 200 children are annually born in the country with this disease. Taking the importance of the problem into consideration, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation started the implementation of in the name of “LIFE WITHOUT THALASSEMIA”; project in 2005. As part of this project Heydar Aliyev Foundation built the largest Thalassemia Center in the region to create a qualified center and blood bank in Azerbaijan, prepare highqualified personnel in the country, develop a voluntary donor service to provide safe and high quality blood to thalassemia-affected children, enlighten population to prevent the expansion of thalassemia and enhance cooperation with a number of states fighting thalassemia. Transplantation of bone marrow is carried out in this center for the first time in Azerbaijan. It is planned to implement the program on the eradication of thalassemia in Azerbaijan on a larger scale in the near future.                                                                                                                     Until April this year, 2959 people passed dispensary registration at the Thalassemia Centre, and they have been treated according to their degree of illness and provided with medicines. In the daytime hospital of the Centre, 976 patients are transfused packed red blood cells on a regular basis. In the first quarter of the current year, 6273 people applied to the Republican Thalassemia Centre, and 603 out of them came for the first time. 72 of them were registered for follow-up care. Over the course of three months of the year, 105 patients received in-patient treatment. Operations on bone marrow transplantation were carried out on 51 patients during the year.


Moreover, the foundation has been implementing the project within which the children under 14 suffering from diabetes are regularly provided with the necessary volume of insulin and summer camps are organized for them. Heydar Aliyev Foundation has built specialized medical institutions, including Children’s Psycho-Neurological Centre, Rehabilitation Centre for Children Needing Special Care and Rehabilitation Centre for Children with Down Syndrome.