AAFP Members Deliver Care Packages to Azerbaijan - American Academy of Family Physicians

Author: Rosemarie Sweeney, Toni Lapp
Date: Nov 15, 2000

A delegation consisting of 11 family physicians and 14 other volunteers recently returned from the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, where it delivered $1.9 million worth of medicine and medical supplies. The country of 8 million people in southwest Asia, located on the Caspian Sea, includes 1 million refugees who will benefit from the supplies. The aid came from Physicians With Heart, a collaborative effort of the AAFP, AAFP Foundation and Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian aid organization based in Olathe, Kan. The partnership's mission is to mobilize resources to improve health, to provide medical education and to foster the development of family practice worldwide. The Azerbaijan project was the eighth annual airlift by Physicians With Heart. "Each Physicians With Heart trip brings help to people much of the world doesn't know about," said Mary Lynass, M.D., Scottsdale, Ariz., who made the journey with Physicians With Heart for the second time. "The people hear from us that there is someone out there who knows their situation, who remembers them. They are not invisible. We come to shake their hands and say we care. It's not just about the medicine." For more information on the airlift, visit the AAFP Web site at http://www. aafp.org/airlift/2000.

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