MMI in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, the nation and former Soviet republic, is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains, which span Asia and Europe. Its capital, Baku, is famed for its medieval walled Inner City. The country has an estimate population of 9.6 million people with an average life expectancy of 68 years for men and 74 years for women, which is quite reasonable aligned with the development of the country.
Since the CCP (Caspian Compassion Project) established aiming to promote health care activities, the association MMI Azerbaijan has developed a dedicated team of local staff that serves the patient and poor people in Masazır, Baku.
Elena Filippova has been working with MMI in Azerbaijan since 1996 and became the Executive Director of Caspian Compassion Project in 1999. Elena is originally from Azerbaijan and graduated from Azerbaijan State University in mathematics. Together with Tofic Teymurov, they are leading CCP and are MMI project directors for “Eye Surgeries in Azerbaijan”.
Permanent Centre of CCP (Caspian Compassion Project)
In 2001, Medical Ministry International obtained the original grant for the land purchase, clinic construction and equipment. CCP bought 3.18 hectares in Masazırsettlement, Absheron district in order to construct a new facility of its own.
The clinic of CCP is located 30 min from center of Baku. It is a good facility, which was built in 2006-2007 with the support of MMI. The building consists of two floors. There are a nice operation area and consultation rooms at the first floor, administration area is on the second floor.
This project is also designed to share experience with the local doctors, both in the classroom & hands on while doing consolations & surgeries. Other local organizations like Caledonian Society, Starling Group, Garadagh Cement, and others also joined MMI in donating for the clinic construction. Since September 2007, CCP continues its activities in the new permanent facility.
Masazır is a village and municipality in the Absheron Rayon of Azerbaijan. It has a population of 3,247.
Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 meters (92 ft) below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city located below sea level. It is located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, alongside the Bay of Baku. Baku's urban population is estimated at just over two million people. Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in Baku's metropolitan area.
* Project Description: The CCP clinic is located 30 min from the city center of Baku. It is a high quality facility which that was built in 2008 by MMI. The building consists of two floors; an operation area and consultation rooms on the first floor, and an administration area on the second floor. This project is also designed to share experiences with the local doctors, both in the classroom & hands on while doing consolations & surgeries.
23m (77 ft)
The months of May, June, July, August and September have mild weather and temperature.
Travelling on a Project
Entry & Exit Requirements
Travelers must present a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure. Travellers must be in possession of a tourist visa to visit Azerbaijan. Please check the following website for the most current entry/exit requirements.
• Americans: Tourist visa is required. Now it's very easy to apply for e-visa to Azerbaijan. All Information about it is on site:
• Canadians: Tourist visa is required. Please check the following website for the most current entry/exit requirements:
• International: Please contact MMI office or Raptim Humanitarian Travel for visa requirement if needed.
• The visa application may require a letter from your hotel confirming your reservation.
Please email ALL CREDENTIALS upon application, as these must go to the Project Director in the country to be translated and then taken to the Ministry of Health to get temporary licenses prior to your arrival.
• For everyone, we need:
- Colour Scan / Photocopy of Passport (photo page)
- Colour photo for your name badge (any good photo, we can adjust size)
- Travel Itinerary
- Supply Lists
• Medical Professionals, we also need your:
- Current License (through time of project)
- Diploma (Techs, Nursing, Dental, MD and Board Certifications)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume (this also will help the Project Director know your skills & experience to assign you a task on the project, especially for 1st time participants)
• Health Care Students: Letter of Good Standing from your school (including year of study and graduation date).
• All MINORS travelling with only one parent, or without their parents, will need a letter from BOTH parents stating that it is OK for the child to travel with one parent or an appointed guardian. The letter should be signed and notarized. MMI needs a copy of this letter, and the parent or guardian should carry the orignial letter while travelling.
Once you have been accepted on the project, you can contact our designated travel agency to arrange your travel and coordinate your arrival the team.
Raptim Humanitarian Travel: www.raptim.org
• US Applicants: Travel costs are arranged directly with the travel agent and are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “Serve Team 2”: ServeTeam2.email@example.com
Direct Toll Free: 1-844-882-3233 and ask for the agents by name or extension.
Lead Agents – Claudia (ext. 13302), or Michael (ext. 15004).
• Canadian Applicants: Donations to MMI for travel are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “We Partner” team: firstname.lastname@example.org
905-465-4300 or Toll Free: 1-844-442-6978 & ask for the agents by name.
Lead Agents - Anca (ext. 32327), or Connie (ext. 31771).
• International Applicants: Travel arrangement can be procured locally or following the Canadian instructions above.
• Airport: Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Khazar, Azerbaijan.
We strongly recommend that you consult a travel clinic, as they are aware of outbreaks and can suggest preventative immunizations. All routine immunizations should be up-to-date. Please check the following website for the most current information.
• Americans: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/azerbaijan
• Canadians: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/countries-pays/country-pays-eng.php?id=260
Accommodations and Meals
MMI will arrange local accommodations for the team.
• Laundry Service: usually available for additional fee
• AC: dependent on location
• Phone Service: check with your cell phone provider, roaming is very expensive.
• Wifi/Internet: yes
• Voltage: 220v (converter or adaptor required)
• Meals: MMI will provide meals for the team. Dietary restrictions can be indicated on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Be sure to bring your own re-usable water bottle with a wide mouth for refilling. Purified water is supplied. If you would like to bring snacks to have throughout the day, please bring items such as peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix or pretzels and crackers in sealable containers (like Ziploc bags).
• Language: Azerbaijani (official), Russian, Armenian, other 4.7%
- Muslim: 96.9%
- Christian: 3%
- Other: 0.1%
• Government: Presidential Republic
The money in Azerbaijan is called the Azerbaijani New Manat (AZN). US dollars or Euros can be exchanged for AZN. MMI staff will help you exchange money. All major credit cards are accepted - Visa and MasterCard the most widely accepted (make sure to call your credit card company and let them know that you’ll be traveling internationally). Traveler’s cheques are not easily cashed. You must bring US dollars in good condition. Torn, stamped or old bills will not be exchanged. $100 bills older than 2006 are also not accepted.
Azerbaijan - a nation with a majority-Turkic and majority-Shia Muslim population - was briefly independent (from 1918 to 1920) following the collapse of the Russian Empire; it was subsequently incorporated into the Soviet Union for seven decades. The official language is Azerbaijani (Turkic language), which is spoken by approximately 92% of the population as a mother tongue. Azerbaijan is home to a vast variety of landscapes; over half of Azerbaijan's land mass consists of mountain ridges, crests, yailas, and plateaus, and the rest of the terrain consist of plains and lowlands. The national animal of Azerbaijan is the Karabakh horse, a mountain-steppe racing and riding horse endemic to Azerbaijan.
Southwestern Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Russia, with a small European portion north of the Caucasus range.
40 30 N, 47 30 E
Dry, semiarid steppe
Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Russia, Turkey
0 km (landlocked); note - Azerbaijan borders the Caspian Sea (713 km)
Large, flat Kur-Araz Ovaligi (Kura-Araks Lowland, much of it below sea level) with Great Caucasus Mountains to the north, Karabakh Upland to the west; Baku lies on Apsheron Peninsula that juts into Caspian Sea.
Caspian Sea - 28 m
Bazarduzu Dagi - 4,485 m