Support to the National Response to contain the impact of COVID-19

In Azerbaijan, we have been working closely with the Government and with the United Nations family to address the immediate challenges of the pandemic, providing technical advice on healthcare, public information, maintaining education, and supporting social welfare for the most vulnerable. As the UN’s lead agency on socio-economic recovery, UNDP is technically leading a socio-economic assessment ensuring that the response plans consider the most vulnerable.

We are supporting the Government’s efforts to help save jobs and livelihoods. In partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population, we are helping to develop a package of measures to support self-employment, including online trainings and helping micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises redirect their production in overcoming the current crisis.

UNDP offered immediate support for the most vulnerable families in some of Azerbaijan’s least developed regions through the Women’s Resource Centers established as part of a joint UNDP initiative with the State Committee of Family, Women and Children’s Affairs.

In partnership with UN Women, UNDP is providing continuous legal and psychological support to rural women.

We also helped procure medical equipment to ensure better protection of frontline health workers and their patients.

And for the past months, we have also been working closely with the Government to rapidly deploy innovative digital solutions to help people cope better with COVID-19. These efforts are in line with Azerbaijan’s commitment to transform the socio-economic life of the country through innovations and new technologies, and with UNDP’s commitment to reap the benefits of technology for improving people’s lives.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health, we have developed solutions for improving e-healthcare, including a coronavirus self-checker bot, tele-health and an app to support doctors and nurses with latest treatment protocols – a blueprint for the future of public health.

We have also introduced e-education for people with disabilities, rural women, students and farmers with courses available through TV broadcasts, the Internet and WhatsApp.

In partnership with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, UNDP launched a global hackathon to crowdsource innovative ideas to support the local economy. We also launched the country’s first digital platform mapping all e-services in the country which holds the potential of becoming the country’s first e-business platform.

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