President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva participated in groundbreaking ceremony for third residential complex in Shusha

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the third residential complex to be built in Shusha. Special Representative of the President in Shusha district Aydin Karimov briefed the head of state and the First Lady about the new residential complex. The project for the third residential complex in Shusha city will include 17 residential buildings, with a total of 487 apartments. The design work for the buildings has been completed, and construction is set to commence in the summer of this year. President Ilham Aliyev laid the foundation for the third residential complex in Shusha. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

The Making of a ‘Smart Hospital’ with Human Touch

Stand at the age of thirty (The expression stems from Confucius and means that a man should become independent at the age of thirty. The same depth of implication could also be applied to the 30-year-old public hospital.) The Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, affiliated with Zhejiang University School of Medicine (referred to as 'Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital' hereafter) celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 2nd. In the blink of an eye, the hospital has risen from scratch and stood out among the national tertiary public hospitals over the past thirty years. It has established a single multi-hospital cooperative development pattern centered around six major hospital districts, going through a down-to-earth and extraordinary journey. The performance assessment of the national tertiary public hospitals, known as the 'National Exam,' was officially released just four months earlier on January 8th. Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital ranked ninth nationwide, achieving its best historical performance and consistently maintaining th e top A++ rating for five consecutive years. Such a grade has secured its place in the top tier of national tertiary public hospitals. Cai Xiujun, director of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, commented: 'Large public hospitals are the backbone of the national healthcare system. As such, they should strengthen their sense of responsibility and undertake the mission of the times in advancing modernization with distinctive Chinese characters.' His words perfectly summarized the 30-year journey of such a 'Smart Hospital' with warmth. New Model of Medical Services 'Subverting Public Perception' A review of this hospital's 30 years of development since its establishment on May 2nd 1994 reveals its uniqueness. As the first comprehensive tertiary public hospital in mainland China funded by Mr. Run Run Shaw and subsided by the provincial government, the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital has not only achieved international management standards but also created the industry-renowned 'Shaw Medical Model' based on China's national medical conditions and the actual needs of patients. This model includes pioneering medical service methods such as 'no infusion in outpatient services', 'no extra beds in wards', 'one patient, one consultation room' and 'centralized scheduling of auxiliary examinations'. It also includes innovative management mechanisms, such as the primary physician responsibility system and the establishment of an admission preparation center, which have caught the attention of the medical community. A set of data may better illustrate the appeal of the 'Shaw Medical Model': the nation's first admission preparation center significantly has increased bed turnover rate, with the latest average length of stay being 4.74 days; the hospital offers 340 day surgery types covering 15 clinical departments and has been selected into the first batch of 'National Demonstration Hospitals for Standardized Management of Day Medical Services List' by the National Health Commission; nearly 100 quality improvement projects are carried out annually, optimizing 227 clinical pathways…The hospital is also committed to transforming nursing positions into 'expertise-based' roles, with a nurse turnover rate of only 1.57%-significantly lower than that of hospitals at the same level nationwide. Additionally, the nationally innovative rapid-switching ward which could cope with both epidemic and normal situations is another management innovation by Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital. Addressing the issue of high vacancy rates in infectious disease facilities across most regions nationwide after the COVID-19 pandemic, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital has made crucial changes in its newly built Phase 5 building. By installing 'isolation doors' and 'positive and negative pressure devices' in wards as well as adjusting functional layouts to achieve seamless and rapid switching between general and infectious disease wards, it has resolved the dilemma of insufficient bed supply during an epidemic and wasted resources during normal times. Rich Achievements in Core Breakthro ugh Technology Recently, Ms. Lin, a patient suffering from low rectal cancer, rushed from Shandong to Hangzhou for medical treatment. She came to Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital for stent assisted intestinal bypass surgery. 'If I have to wear a colostomy bag, I'd rather not get treated', Ms. Lin said. To prevent anastomotic leakage due to poor healing of the anastomosis after colorectal cancer surgery, a common method domestically and internationally adopted is to temporarily divert the intestines, leaving a colostomy bag on the patient's body. However, this surgical method requires patients to live with a stoma for three to six months. Dean Cai Xiujun's team spent more than ten years inventing a series of degradable stents and creating the 'stent based intestinal bypass surgery'. These degradable stents protect the anastomotic site after low rectal cancer surgery, while avoiding secondary retraction surgery. This technology has broken the traditional surgical approach that has been used worldwide for nearly 170 years and has been successfully applied to nearly a thousand patients in multiple hospitals nationwide. Over the past thirty years, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital has accelerated the development of key disciplines and core technology breakthroughs, achieving significant results. For example, it was the first hospital to introduce laparoscopic technology and the Da Vinci robot; it established the first 'minimally invasive medicine' discipline in China and founded the 'Belt and Road' Minimally Invasive Medical College. Related academic achievements have been published in top international journals such as Nature and Science……Currently, minimally invasive surgeries using scopes and robots make up 80% of all surgeries in the hospital, and the volume of robotic surgeries has been the highest nationwide for several consecutive years. Nowadays, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital holds 250 invention patents and 1462 new utility model patents. The hospital's projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China main tain an average annual growth rate of 20%. It has also been approved as a national clinical key specialty in six areas including general surgery. In 2021, the hospital led the establishment of the first national-level engineering research center in the field of minimally invasive technology-the National Engineering Research Center for Innovation and Application of Minimally Invasive Instruments-further strengthening its reputation in the discipline. People-Oriented Principle Empowered by Technology 'At Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, the coupling gel applied during the ultrasound examination was pleasantly warm!' This is a message left by a patient on the hospital's wall. Details determine success. While continuously advancing medical technology, the hospital has also introduced several warm medical services: designing patient rooms in the wards to face the sun and along the Qiantang River, creating 'sunshine wards' that heal the soul, and inventing room temperature and humidity sensing devices as well as the p atented 'noise intelligent monitoring and reminder device' to help patients rest and recover more effectively. To optimize medical procedures and improve patients' experience, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital launched its 'Smart Hospital' initiative a decade ago, becoming a pioneer in 'Internet plus' coordinated medical reform. In 2014, the hospital was the first in China to complete a mobile smart transformation of the entire medical service process, enabling all medical procedures to be completed using just a mobile phone. The hospital has also established China's first smart medical cloud platform, 'the Sir Run Run Shaw Internet Hospital' with a physical hospital as its support. This platform has accumulated access to more than 7800 domestic medical institutions and over 400000 active doctors. It independently developed a 5G plus AR remote emergency rescue system and launched the country's first blockchain medical application based on a provincial public tertiary hospital. The relevant explorations of Sir Run R un Shaw Hospital have been actively recognized and promoted nationwide by the State Council's Leading Group for Deepening Healthcare System Reform, the National Health Commission, and other departments. At the same time, the hospital has fully leveraged its international advantages, successfully completing medical security tasks for over 30 major international events such as the G20 Summit, the World Internet Conference, and the Hangzhou Asian (Para) Games. In early 2023, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital officially proposed the strategic goal of 'building a benchmark hospital for modernization with distinctive Chinese features'. As Director Cai Xiujun said, 'We will take the 30th anniversary of the hospital as an opportunity, continue to aim for excellence, and strive to contribute the 'Sir Run Run Shaw' power to the construction of a healthy China'. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

UN Civil Society Conference opens in Kenya with call to strengthen multilateralism

The 69th edition of the United Nations Civil Society Conference opened in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Thursday with delegates renewing the call for strengthening international cooperation to solve global economic, social and environmental challenges, according to Xinhua. Over 2,000 participants, drawn from governments, UN agencies, civil society, academia, industry and think tanks, are participating in the two-day conference, to be held under the theme of "Shaping a Future of Global and Sustainable Progress." As the first UN civil society conference to be held in the Global South, it will serve as a precursor to the Summit of the Future that will take place in New York in September. Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, said in a televised address that the Nairobi summit took place against a backdrop of monumental global challenges that require solidarity to tackle. Civil society organizations are in a vantage position to offer solutions to the climate crisis, escalating geopolitical tensions, conflicts and inequality that threaten the survival of multilateralism, Mohammed said, adding that governments should partner with civil society to help deliver climate justice, sustainable development goals, peace, security, human rights and inclusive multilateralism. The meeting will feature workshops, exhibitions and interactive dialogues aimed at charting a new, sustainable and just future for the planet and humanity. Guy Ryder, under-secretary-general for policy at the United Nations, said that besides exploring a common approach to achieving the UN 2030 goals, the summit will also discuss pertinent issues like the safety of emerging technologies, financing for development and youth-led innovations. Ryder said that civil society groups attending the Nairobi summit are expected to forge lasting partnerships that can help revitalize multilateralism, the quest for global peace, inclusive growth and stability. Carole Ageng'o, co-chair of the 2024 UN Civil Society Conference, said i t will drive the global conversation on how to achieve a more resilient, green, just and equitable planet for all citizens. The need to restructure multilateralism and align it with the aspirations of future generations will be a key highlight of the conference in Nairobi, Ageng'o said. Florence Syevuo, the executive director of SDGs Kenya Forum, said that civil society groups from the Global South should be at the front line of promoting action on the climate crisis, poverty, divisions and strife. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Azerbaijan`s cultural community congratulates First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva on 20th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev Foundation

Azerbaijan`s cultural community sent a congratulatory letter to First Vice-President and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva on the occasion of the foundation's 20th anniversary, the Ministry of Culture told AZERTAC. The letter emphasizes that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, established to honor the memory of the founder of modern independent Azerbaijan, National Leader Heydar Aliyev, perpetuates his name, conveys his ideas of statehood to the future generations, and popularizes his rich heritage. The foundation tirelessly works towards globally promoting the country`s national, spiritual, and cultural values. 'Since its establishment, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has actively contributed to the successful state policy pursued by President Ilham Aliyev. Under your leadership, it plays an important role in the development of Azerbaijani culture, protection of national and moral values, multicultural traditions, and their promotion both within and outside the country. The foundation's c ontributions to the restoration and reconstruction efforts in the liberated territories, the establishment of modern social and cultural infrastructure, and the recognition of Azerbaijan's cultural heritage as universal human values are irreplaceable. The domestic and international projects that you implement and support strengthen the foundations of Azerbaijani culture, history, and statehood, instilling confidence in our people and supreme values, and making culture accessible and native to everyone. The cultural community and our people commend the invaluable services of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in protecting, restoring, and reconstructing various material and cultural monuments in Azerbaijan and abroad, as well as fostering international cultural exchange,' the letter says. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

New Azerbaijan Party delegation pays respect to National Leader Heydar Aliyev

A delegation of the New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) visited Friday the Alley of Honors to commemorate National Leader Heydar Aliyev as May 10 marks the 101st anniversary of the architect and founder of modern and independent Azerbaijani state, National Leader of the Azerbaijani people. They laid a wreath and flowers at the grave of National Leader Heydar Aliyev. The delegation also placed flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Tirana to host PABSEC General Assembly’s 63rd plenary session

The 63rd plenary session of the General Assembly of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) will be held in Albania's capital city of Tirana. Azerbaijan will be represented at the event by Chairman of the Milli Majlis Counting Commission Eldar Guliyev, Head of the PABSEC Azerbaijani delegation, Chairman of the Labor and Social Policy Committee of the Milli Majlis Musa Guliyev, MPs Jala Ahmadova and Kamran Bayramov. The main issues placed on the Draft Agenda of the General Assembly are "Strengthening Regional Economic Cooperation to Enhanse Encountering Common Security Challenges", "Cooperation among the BSEC Member States in Energy Trading", "The Role of Parliaments in Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and Tolerance in the Fight against Hate Speech", "Investing in Human Capital for Innovation and Prosperity in the BSEC REgion". Azerbaijani MPs will share their views on the agenda items. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Cadets held flashmob in honor of eternity of National Leader VIDEO

On the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the birth of National Leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev, cadets of the Military Lyceum named after Jamshid Nakhchivanski, founded by the National Leader in 1971, held flashmob devoted to the immortal genius leader, the Ministry of Defense told AZERTAC. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

BTC pipeline transports about 568 million tonnes of crude oil in first half of 2024

Since the 1,768 km BTC pipeline became operational in June 2006 till the end of the first quarter of 2024, it carried a total of about 4.3 billion barrels (about 568 million tonnes) of crude oil loaded on 5,629 tankers and sent to world markets, bp Azerbaijan told AZERTAC. In the first quarter of 2024, BTC Co. spent about $33 million in operating expenditure and $7 million in capital expenditure. In the first quarter of the year, about 54 million barrels (7 million tonnes) of BTC-exported crude oil was lifted at Ceyhan and loaded on 72 tankers. The BTC pipeline currently carries mainly ACG crude oil and Shah Deniz condensate from Azerbaijan. In addition, other volumes of Caspian regional crude oil and condensate (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, SOCAR non-ACG volumes) continue to be transported via BTC. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Shah Deniz field produces about 7 billion cubic metres of gas in Q1 2024

In the first quarter of 2024, bp and its co-venturers spent around $719 million in operating expenditure and around $201 million in capital expenditure on Shah Deniz activities, the majority of which was associated with the Shah Deniz 2 project, according to bp Azerbaijan. During the quarter, the Shah Deniz field continued to provide gas to markets in Azerbaijan (to Azerkontrakt), Georgia (to GOGC), Trkiye (to BOTAS), BTC in multiple locations and to buyers in Europe. In the first quarter of 2024, the field produced about 7 billion standard cubic metres of gas and more than 1 million tonnes (about 9 million barrels) of condensate in total from the Shah Deniz Alpha and Shah Deniz Bravo platforms. The existing Shah Deniz facilities' production capacity is currently about 79.5 million standard cubic metres of gas per day or approximately 29 billion standard cubic metres per year. In the first quarter of 2024, Shah Deniz 2 safely achieved yet another major milestone by starting up production from the East No rth flank. Production from the flank commenced on 13 February following the successful completion of all related offshore construction and commissioning works. This milestone also marked the successful delivery of all subsea infrastructures across the five subsea flanks including all pipelines, production manifolds, umbilicals and the direct electric heating system. The subsea construction vessel Khankendi expanded its scope of services within Shah Deniz 2. The vessel continued to perform project installation and commissioning activities while it also started providing life of field support covering services, surveys and interventions in all the Shah Deniz 2 subsea producing assets. During the first quarter of 2024, the Shah Deniz Alpha platform rig was on warm stack. During the quarter, the Shah Deniz 2 project progressed with the wells programme activities using the Istiglal and Heydar Aliyev rigs. These mainly included completion of the SDH03 well on the East North flank and commencement of the SDD05 we ll drilling on the West Flank. In total, 21 wells have been drilled for Shah Deniz 2. These include five wells on the North flank, four wells on the West flank, four wells on the East South flank, five wells on the West South flank and three wells on the East North flank. Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency