December 7, 2004

Presentation of the project "The highest care for children with diabetes" was held at the Heydar Aliyev Foundation

Foundation named after our nationwide leader President Heydar Aliyev, basing on traditions directed to paying constant attention to health of children, which is founded by this outstanding political figure and is future of all nation, considers one of its basic duties assistance to children and juveniles in children's homes and boarding schools, minor women and IDPs, as well children with different illnesses.

It was said by Mehriban Aliyeva, President of Foundation, spouse of Azerbaijani President, in presentation ceremony of project "Highest care for children with diabetes" held in Baku on December 7. Project was organized by Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Azerbaijan Diabetes Society and Danish company "Novo Nordisk". Major goal of this kind arrangement is to direct attention of the public, national and foreign companies to issues concerning protection of health of children, to increase activity of participation of International Diabetes Federation in solution of problems of Azerbaijani children with diabetes.

Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation noted in her speech that in Azerbaijan there are ills with diabetes causing very hard illnesses even gangrene and blindness, 310 of them are children aged under 14. That is why our duty is to take all-round measures for relieving troubles of these children. Because they should be full valuable members in future of Azerbaijani society. Mehriban Aliyeva expressed her gratitude to "Novo Nordisk" company for rendering humanitarian aid to Azerbaijani children with diabetes. In frame of project, specially-registered children were given 6-month supply of insulin produced by this company. "Novo Nordisk" is leader in the world for production of these medicines and syringes.

In presentation ceremony in which representatives of country's medical public, MPs, employees of international organizations, Ambassadors of foreign countries were present, it was shown film about activity of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and its different arrangements directed to care for children.

Health Minister Ali Insanov, President of International Diabetes Federation Wim Wientjens, President of Azerbaijan Diabetes Society Mominat Omarova, Marketing Director of "Novo Nordisk" company Oksana Bereznyak, Chair of Social Policy Standing Commission of Milli Mejlis Hadi Rejebli, Head of UNICEF Baku Office Hana Singer gave speech in ceremony and said that number of diabetes ills gets higher year by year in the world. According to information of World Health Organization at present 164 million people suffer from this sickness, they will be 330 million by 2030. Azerbaijan is one of first countries in CIS having adopted Law 'On diabetes". This Law was model bill while analogical document was being adopted in meeting of CIS Parliamentary Assembly held recently in Saint-Petersburg. State Program has been adopted in Azerbaijan on fighting diabetes and 15 billion AzM is considered for its funding in budget of next year.

It was informed in ceremony on functioning of Azerbaijan Diabetes Society as well 'Novo Nordisk" company.

Answering questions of journalists at the end of presentation ceremony, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva said that it was next project of Foundation, first project was connected to aid to children of refugees and IDPs. Foundation plans to implement project in the near time on rendering assistance to children from children's homes and boarding schools of republic.