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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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[FAR Health Programs]: Emergency Care Training Helps VOAH Nurses Strengthen their Practice standard

Amalya Davtyan, one of the nurses at FAR’s Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH), knows by heart the blood pressure results of each and every elderly resident she is responsible for. Every morning for the past eight years Amalya has checked their blood pressure before giving medicine to those who need it. She then carefully follows up with the condition of each patient throughout the day and overnight. With 30 years of experience in the cardiology department of Child Rehabilitation State Center in Tbilisi, Georgia, Amalya is quick when it comes to making decisions. “Be it high blood pressure or a heart attack or whatever else, I quickly find a way to react either by giving medicine, recommending rest or immediately ...

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[Health Programs]: Healthier Children, Healthier Futures standard

FAR’s Child Poverty Reduction Program has made it possible for eight children from Artashat City and its surrounding villages to receive necessary medical treatment, including surgery, at some of Yerevan’s leading hospitals. These major achievements have been made possible through the help of Ms Arpine Hovnanian who has supported the addition of a healthcare component to the program, which started this year. Its main objective is to detect and resolve any health problems for children whose treatments do not qualify for state-funded medical assistance. In cooperation with local physicians, FAR’s health team visited Artashat Medical Center in Ararat Province to meet with children who were treated through the program. Parents came to the meeting with letters in hand, thanking the ...

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[FAR Health Programs]: The Myriad Benefits of CME standard

Samvel Muradyan, 44, is a doctor with 21 years of experience. “It is hard to be a doctor in Armenia. Yet I don’t regret that I chose this profession,” said Dr. Muradyan, who doesn’t usually complain about everyday challenges. He’d rather focus on ways to overcome them. “During the Soviet times everyone with good grades became a doctor and medical university was the most difficult institute to enter. I also had excellent grades, and as the last year of school began I already knew I would become a doctor.” The year 1988 was a turning point for the now head of the Intensive Therapy Department at Abovyan Medical Center in Kotayq Province. It was the year of the Gyumri Earthquake, ...

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