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[FAR Health Programs/BCPP]: Combating Malnutrition in Targeted Communities image

5-year-old Lilit is visibly enjoying her lunch, and even asks for a second helping. She is the oldest of 21 children attending the remote Chinchin kindergarten, and is very chatty - even at lunchtime. Her daily menu consists of a variety of nutritious components necessary for raising healthy kids – vegetables, soup, dairy, fruits, and healthy snacks. The meals are provided free of charge by FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), which aims to reduce child poverty and its profound effects on children’s health and growth.

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[FAR Health Programs]: Syrian-Armenian Doctor Finds Peace in Remote Region of Artsakh image

  After 22 years of а medical career in Qamishli, Syria, Syrian-Armenian Hayk Khacho, 49, decided to move to Artsakh in the beginning of 2016. “When I made the final decision to return to Armenia, I contacted my relatives here, and they told me that there was a lack of doctors in Artsakh. So, I immediately headed to Ishkhanadzor, my new gorgeous and peaceful home,” says the doctor. He is the only family doctor in Ishkhanadzor who accepts more than five patients each day from four nearby communities. Hayk has endured a heartbreaking struggle before arriving in Ishkhanadzor. Hayk was born in Syria. In 1994, he graduated from Yerevan’s State Medical University and returned to Qamishli. For more than 20 ...

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[FAR Health Programs]: Three Stories, Same Goal: CME as a Tool for Child Protection image

FAR stays focused on child protection not only through its childcare programs but through each and every program and project possible. Health care is no exception and one of the ways FAR inserts child protection into these programs is by including more regional pediatricians in our Continuing Medical Education program (CME) that enables them to learn new skills and update their knowledge to provide better services in the regions of Armenia and in Artsakh.

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[Health Programs]: FAR Gives Support to Medical Center, Enabling it to Continue its Treatment of Children image

FAR recently partnered with the Familial Mediterranean Fever Center at Arabkir Medical Center in Yerevan. The center, the only one of its kind in Armenia, assists children up to 18 who suffer from Mediterranean Fever, which is a genetic disease that is very common in Armenia and can lead to kidney failure, and damage to the lungs, joints, and intestines.

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[FAR Health Programs]: CME Helps Karabakh OBGYN to Better Serve her Community image

For the past eight years, 33-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Liana Grigoryan has stood for the future moms of Nagorno-Karabakh. With nine years of experience working in the region (in Askeran, Martakert, and for the last three years in Qashatagh) she has helped hundreds of pregnant women starting from their first prenatal exams up until their deliveries.

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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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[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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[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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[FAR Health Programs]: FAR Celebrates 10 Years of Success in One of Its Most Important Programs standard

Having trained physicians from some of the nation’s most remote regions, FAR’s Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has truly contributed to changing the face of medical care in Armenia. By enabling doctors to further their professional development through advanced medical training, networking and improved access to key resources, CME has proved crucial toward contributing to the development of a more balanced and improved healthcare system. Both FAR staff and participants commemorated the success of the past decade on September 18th at Yerevan’s National Medical Library. “I want to say thank you to FAR and its staff. I also want to emphasize that this is just the beginning. Every doctor in Yerevan who is ...

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