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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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Pediatric Intensive Care Course Demonstrates Wide Impact standard

Two years ago FAR’s Continuing Medical Education Program launched its special training series focused on intensive pediatric care at Muratsan University Hospital in Yerevan. It was made possible thanks to the generosity of the chair of FAR’s Board of Directors Randy Sapah-Gulian and the Sapah-Gulian Foundation. The course gave doctors and nurses the opportunity to learn more about intensive pediatric care from leading U.S. pediatricians and critical care specialists. Part of FAR’s long-term goal for the Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (PFCCS) program following its launch in 2013, was to empower participants to build intensive care capacity and ultimately be able to train other Armenian healthcare professionals. Six physicians who graduated with excellence showed great promise to eventually become ...

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[FAR Health Programs]: After a Decade, CME Team Still Looks for Ways to Improve standard

After a decade of working to improve healthcare in Armenia, FAR’s Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) plays a more important role in the healthcare community than ever before. While its success and popularity have also grown, the project team still strives hard to improve CME with each passing year. They kicked off 2015 with a meeting at the National Medical Library where they discussed ways that CME can broaden its impact, along with other topics, including challenges related to newly issued licensing requirements and global approaches to professional development for doctors. Physicians who volunteer as trainers for CME also participated in the meeting. Their number grows every year, which is another demonstration of CME’s growing popularity in the medical community.

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[FAR Health Programs]: Library Reading Room Dedicated to the late Dr. Edgar Housepian standard

The newly renovated National Medical Library opened its doors at the end of December with a special ceremony. The library’s revamped reading room was dedicated to the late neurologist and co-founder of FAR’s Health Program Dr. Edgar Housepian. Friends and former health ministers who personally knew Dr. Housepian, as well as Armenia’s current Health Minister Armen Muradyan, paid their respects to this great humanitarian and his immeasurable contribution to the lives of Armenians and development of their health care system. “Dr. Housepian was a great humanitarian – one of the most humble but also one of the most generous of FAR’s supporters. It was thanks to his continuous attention that we managed to renovate and make this library such a ...

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