Pediatric Emergency Care (PEC) is a crucial medical challenge throughout the world. It is no coincidence that PЕC trainings are organized both in developing and developed countries.

The problem is more dramatic in those areas, where besides the lack of high quality (or sometimes even fundamental) medical technologies and equipment, there is also a huge gap of qualified specialists, possessing the most modern medical technologies, knowledge, and practice. Unfortunately, this is the situation on the ground in the remote and rural areas of Armenian and Artsakh in particular.

As always, FAR’s response to this challenge comes on time. In 2014, FAR with the support of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Dr. Ed Seferian organized the first edition of Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) training in Armenia thus attracting 25 participants. Many people were skeptical of the training and didn’t even believe that it can have a sequence in the future.

However, later in 2015, in addition to the standard PFCCS course, FAR organized one day satellite symposium course for about 120 participants. Moreover, FAR set a goal with the American partners to train and prepare local (national) instructors who would deliver similar lectures and hands-on skill stations in their own regions in the future.

In 2017, in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Artsakh and Artsakh specialists, a joint conclusion was achieved to hold a training on “Assessment of Critically Ill Children” – to be of utmost importance in Artsakh.

On March 16-17, FAR organized a seminar on Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) in the Children’s Hospital of Stepanakert. More than 60 participants were delivered an in-depth lecture by the local PFCCS instructor Dr. Anna Chobanyan and the trainer Hasmik Saroyan.

“Pediatric emergency cases could be an extreme challenge for all the doctors,” said one of the participants adding: “The time feels stagnated when all of a sudden, we see parents bringing their unconscious child and look at you with begging eyes… “please help”.

“Accurate and goal-oriented procedures, and effective time management that requires the specialist’s shrewd and quick response to the patients’ situation – this is the main objective of the training,” – said FAR’s Health Programs Manager Hambardzum Simonyan.

The PFCCS training aims to become an integral part of FAR’s Continuing Medical Education program. Being a strategic state direction for the reduction of child mortality, the program is expected to be occasionally organized in the remote and rural areas of Armenia and Artsakh.