In 2014, the American Chamber of Commerce recognized ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc. (EMKI) with the “best community service” award for its ongoing healthcare projects in Kazakhstan. The projects were identified in close partnership with the healthcare departments of the Atyrau and Mangistau regions. The projects address critical issues such as infant mortality and the shortage of life-saving equipment and medical specialists in rural public healthcare institutions.
Training healthcare professionals
The Atyrau region of Kazakhstan lacks sufficient numbers of general practitioners, pediatricians and other medical specialists. EMKI sponsors tuition for medical students studying these specialties who commit to work in Atyrau public healthcare institutions for at least three years after graduation. EMKI has sponsored 39 students since 2011, and the program is expected to continue until the gap is covered.
Combating infant mortality also remains a priority for the Kazakhstan healthcare sector. To address this issue, EMKI supports training of personnel in the latest obstetrician/gynecological and neonatal practices. In 2014, the project expanded to the neighboring Mangistau region. Eight sessions have been held in the regions since 2011, with more than 200 personnel receiving training in critical skills. The Atyrau Regional Healthcare Department reported a 44% decrease in the number of neonatal deaths since the commencement of the trainings.
Supplying life-saving equipment
In addition to supporting medical education, EMKI helped both regional healthcare departments purchase equipment needed to improve the survival rate of premature newborns. EMKI also purchased 11 ambulances for rural medical facilities and a blood-purifier for the largest regional public hospital in Atyrau. The ambulances make medical service more available for remote populations of the region and serve areas spread over hundreds of square kilometers.
EMKI also sponsored computerization of the ambulance dispatch workflow process, from accepting calls at ambulance stations to recording the medical services provided. These enhancements will improve the efficiency of the local ambulance control system and reduce arrival times, which are currently twice the national average.
Combatting infant morbidity and mortality rates is a priority for the country’s healthcare sector. In spite of allocated state funding, the Atyrau region still lacks equipment and highly skilled personnel. We are pleased to work in collaboration with ExxonMobil in addressing both challenges. We are confident that ExxonMobil’s sponsorship will have a long-lasting and far-reaching effect on the future of many families in Atyrau, the region and the country as a whole.
Mr. Mendykhan Utepkaliev, Head of the Atyrau Regional Healthcare Department