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[FAR Health Programs]: Child Poverty Reduction Program Betters Quality of Life for Two Young Men image

Fifteen-year-old Hamlet Kumrikyan is a quiet yet happy young boy, but he has struggled with physical disabilities since childhood. When he would walk he would limp, sparking ridicule from the others at school. He would fall when he tried to run with his schoolmates due to his foot problem as he tried desperately to keep up. The bones in his foot are malformed and while he had dealt with the issue since birth, it never got any easier for him. And his mother could never afford a medical exam, thus the possibility of corrective surgery was always out of the question. A single mother, Lyudmila Kumrikyan, 57, has never been able to secure a job or steady income in the small village of Noramarg where the two live.

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[Health Programs]: Improving Care for the Wounded in Armenia image

Despite the introduction of new technology over the past decade, proper wound care remains a considerable medical and surgical concern, especially in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. A recent joint effort between Armenian and Armenian-American physicians initiated a program aimed at improving the situation of wound care by identifying, acquiring and distributing modern equipment to, as well as training more health care professionals at major Armenian medical institutions.

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[FAR Health Programs]: Transforming Good Nutrition into a National Priority image

A lack of certified nutritionists and collaboration amongst professionals in the health field, commercial interests, along with poor nutritional behavior overall, are the main challenges that organizations and health care workers face when implementing nutrition programs in Armenia today. These were the conclusions of the "Nutrition Today Matters Tomorrow" conference organized earlier this spring by FAR, the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, and the School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia.

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[FAR Yerevan]: Supporting Discourse Through Public Forums image

To support public debate on topics relevant to Armenia today, one of FAR’s most recent initiatives is the facilitation of discussion forums. The first event in the new annual series, held on May 13th, was about the newly launched licensing system for doctors in Armenia. Under these new regulations, in order to receive their professional certification physicians must acquire more than 200 credits through continuous professional development by regularly attending courses, trainings and conferences. Previously, all medical institutions were responsible for passing licensing exams and meeting requirements, which led to decreased motivation and ownership amongst doctors and their own credentials.

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[Health Programs]: With Changes in Healthcare Requirements, CME Remains a Top Program for Armenia’s Doctors image

For more than a decade FAR, through its Continuing Medical Education Program (CME), has been one of the pioneers of greater support for professional development opportunities for the regional doctors who need it most, as well as a leader in pushing for positive reform of Armenia’s healthcare system. The most recent change in this area is the country’s move to update its licensing regulations for medical providers. Previously, all medical institutions were responsible for passing licensing exams and meeting requirements, which led to doctors’ decreased motivation and ownership regarding their own credentials. With the recent change, doctors are now mandated to be individually responsible for their licenses and ensure that they meet the requirements in order to continue to practice. ...

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[Health Programs]: An Agent in Heroism image

Pediatrician Dr. Susanna Ayvazyan is already the healthcare provider for her second-generation of patients—the children for whose mothers and fathers she began seeing 25 years ago when she first started working at Berd Medical Center. After graduating from Yerevan State Medical University, she and her husband moved from Yerevan to Tavush Province to live with his family. Today, she has more than 950 patients from Berd City and Verin Karmiraghbyur Village. “I love my job. I do it with passion,” said the 53-year-old. “I especially love my little patients. I know nearly everyone by their face. Working in the provinces is a bit challenging but one of the best things about it is that people are very honest here. Living ...

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[CME]: One Man’s Way to Serve His People image

Radiologist Dr. Aram Danielyan is one of the trainers for FAR’s Continuing Medical Education program (CME) who has supervised at total of 18 doctors at Yerevan’s Diagnostica Medical Center over the last 10 years. “Not only am I helping doctors who work in the provinces but I also learn a lot from them,” he said, adding that it is a pleasure for him to volunteer his time. CME provides month-long professional development training at Yerevan’s leading medical centers for doctors from Armenia’s provinces and Nagorno-Karabakh. “Doctors who work in the rural provinces have a rather different working environment than in Yerevan. There are emergency physicians and doctors working in regional hospitals whose experience is very important and useful for me. I ...

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