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Background

We are very proud of all that we have accomplished together since our program started in 2008 and hope to one day return. For now, our lack of sufficient and consistent operational funding support or grants directed towards Armenia mean that we will be supporting only through the end of this month. If we are able at any point to find a source of funding that covers a minimum of 1 year of clinic/staff operations then we will be happy to restart this project. 

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Background

Accessibility to free, quality health services for children and mothers in rural Armenia is extremely limited. It is estimated that 42.9% of the country still live below the poverty line, which has led to a drop in immunization by 42% in 2006.  The Shinuhayr Primary Healthcare Clinic is the only comprehensive clinic available in the region servicing its surrounding seven villages with a population of over 6,500.  There is a great need for perinatal, pediatric, cardiovascular, infectious disease, orthopedic, and geriatric services in this region.  Approximately 352 families fall under the ‘socially vulnerable’ category and benefit…

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Background:

Accessibility to free, quality health services for children and mothers in rural Armenia is extremely limited. It is estimated that 42.9% of the country still live below the poverty line, which has led to a drop in immunization by 42% in 2006. The Shinuhayr Primary Healthcare Clinic is the only comprehensive clinic available in the region servicing its surrounding seven villages with a population of over 6,500. There is a great need for perinatal, pediatric, cardiovascular, infectious disease, orthopedic, and geriatric services in this region. Approximately 352 families fall under the ‘socially vulnerable’ category and benefit…

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Background

Accessibility to free, quality health services for children and mothers in rural Armenia is extremely limited. It is estimated that 42.9% of the country still live below the poverty line, which has led to a drop in immunization by 42% in 2006.  The Shinuhayr Primary Healthcare Clinic is the only comprehensive clinic available in the region servicing its surrounding seven villages with a population of over 6,500.  There is a great need for perinatal, pediatric, cardiovascular, infectious disease, orthopedic, and geriatric services in this region.  Approximately 352 families fall under the ‘socially vulnerable’ category and benefit…

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Project Goal:

The Shinuhayr Primary Healthcare Clinic is the only comprehensive clinic available in the region servicing its surrounding seven villages with a population of over 6,809.  There is a great need for perinatal, pediatric, cardiovascular, infectious disease, orthopedic, and geriatric services in this region.  Approximately 352 families fall under the ‘socially vulnerable’ category and benefit from the services of RMF’s project. In addition, 256 disabled persons, 524 children ages 0-7 years and 1,382 school children ages 8-17 years, and 52 single mothers benefit from improved healthcare services.

Photo: Patients and family members…

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Over the past two years, RMF Armenia has been gaining appeal and trust within the eight communities it serves.  For most members of these communities, an episode of illness is a severe financial burden on an entire family.  Medication is either difficult to obtain or often unaffordable when available.  And, that’s for acute illnesses.  Many people diagnosed with chronic yet manageable illnesses, which is generally on the rise in Armenia, forgo treatment, because it is simply too expensive.  For community members facing such circumstances, the RMF project is a godsend. 

Armenians are accustomed to paying for healthcare services either…

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September 25, 2013 - armenia

Project Goal:  Increase access to healthcare and continuum of care in Shinuhayr and its surrounding seven villages by providing comprehensive healthcare services, maternal-child health, childhood vaccinations, pharmaceutical and medical supplies, ambulance services and community outreach and education to a population of 6,809.  Our long-term goal is to rebuild the Shinuhayr primary care clinic back into a fully functioning hospital and add a community center.

 Project Objectives:  • Provide free medications to all in need, especially to chronically ill patients; • Provide prenatal education and vitamins to expectant mothers; • Educate parents about the importance…

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September 25, 2013 - armenia

Project Goal: To increase access and quality of healthcare in Shinuhayr and its surrounding seven villages by providing comprehensive healthcare services, child-maternal health, childhood vaccinations, pharmaceutical and medical supplies, ambulance services, community outreach and education to a population of 6,809.

Project Objectives: • To provide free medications to all in need, especially to chronically ill patients. • To provide prenatal education and vitamins to expectant mothers. • To educate parents about the importance of vaccinations and to continue providing free childhood vaccinations. • To assess children’s current health status (via registration logs). • To promote the RMF ambulance…

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September 25, 2013 - armenia

RMF Armenia continues strong with its first quarter 2011 implementation. Project objectives are to continue distribution of medicines and medical supplies to Shinuhayr, Khot, Halidzor, Tatev, Svarants, Tandzatap, Kashuni, Harzhis villages in Syunik Marz, examine common illnesses and bring awareness to these communities about the importance of routine doctor visits and medication adherence, and to vaccinate children and continue to educate parents about the importance of vaccinations as well as prenatal care.

The news about RMF’s work in these communities is spreading quickly via word of mouth and many have been more aware of the great benefits the…

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A large number of medicines and medical supplies were distributed in the month of April. Aside from those individuals involved in the project and those who receive their monthly medications through RMF, there was also a larger influx of patients who came to RMF to be treated for other acute illnesses, such as respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, asthma, and tonsillitis. The diseases that the majority of the population in the Syunik region suffers from remain to be cardiovascular ailments, hypertensive and rheumatic disorders.

In April 2011, 25 personal house calls were made. The local physician, using the RMF…

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Real Medicine Foundation Team Armenia’s Director Nairy Ghazourian and Project Coordinator Intern Arax Eleyjian decided to end the year with a high note. From the previous year RMF-Armenia had a very successful online fundraiser, therefore another one was quickly planned on www.playtogive.com. The goal was to raise $5,000 by midnight on December 31st, 2010. The money to be raised was going to feed the 159 indigent families in the village of Shinuhayr. Both team members quickly started to email family, friends, coworkers, etc. to pass the word along and raise money before entering the New Year.

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September 25, 2013 - armenia

2010 proved to be a very successful year for Real Medicine Foundation’s work in Shinuhyar, Armenia and its surrounding 7 villages, which RMF funds at 100%. We are grateful to the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) our partner organization on the ground for their utmost support in the implementation process of our projects. Thank you to Anna Mnatzakanyan from ARS (Yerevan) and Stella Arzumanjan, RMF project coordinator on the ground from ARS (Goris). Thanks to ALL our readers and supporters for your continued donations to sustain our programs in Shinuhayr. Without your support this would be impossible to attain.

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September 25, 2013 - armenia

The project goals are to continue to provide health care to those disadvantaged in the Shinuhayr, Khot, Halidzor, Harjis, Tatev, Svarants, Tandzatap, Bardzravan communities. The goal still remains to raise awareness to locals to seek medical help at the initial sight of an illness and to continue routine doctor visits throughout the year. In the month of November, the RMF team also took the time to educate patients who suffer from hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The RMF team also wants parents to know the importance of getting their children vaccinated in a timely manner.

In the month…

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Throughout the past four months (July through October) Real Medicine Foundation continued the distribution of medicines to vulnerable and socially disadvantaged individuals and on October 16th, 2010 purchased the long-awaited ambulance to service our project population. This was made possible with the generous donations from our June 12th, 2009 event “A Journey to Armenia” and the Playtogive online charity event that was implemented in December of 2009. Thank you for all those who participated and contributed!

Below are photographs of the ambulance RMF made possible to purchase with the help of the ARS team.

 
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September 25, 2013 - armenia

Throughout the month June, RMF and Armenian Relief Society (ARS) continued their mission with the implementation stage of distributing the necessary medicines to those in need and continuing their analysis, gathering of case stories and identifying various gaps in services to be met in the future.

To comply with program objectives, our program partner ARS, focused on equipping of the six satellite health posts with pharmaceuticals to service the target population in the region. In addition, ARS assessed, evaluated and reported all the necessary elements in the purchase of the ambulance which is projected to significantly increase access…

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During the month of April, RMF and ARS staff performed assessments in Shinuhayr’s surrounding villages, all of them with little access to health care, and investigated the shortfalls of medicines in the region. Throughout the month, medicines were purchased and distributed to 58 beneficiaries in selected villages, 16 of them children. Close to 22% received some type of antibiotic; 25% received heart/diabetic medications and the rest ranged from analgesics to anti-depressants, vitamins, antipyretics and others. 

In addition to the medical services it provides, the Shinuhyr ambulatory is also intended for delivery of counseling services,…

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Even though there have been some notable economic improvements in Armenia, the country is still facing high inflation and frequent increases in costs for basic products and services. Social polarization reflects a highly uneven distribution of economic growth. Based on the World Bank’s statistics, over half of the population in the country is living under poverty level. The Ministry of Health is implementing health reforms, and it is struggling to provide quality medicines, supplies, and laboratory equipment to keep up basic medical services in many rural hospitals and small health facilities, including our clinic in…

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This November, RMF welcomes to our team, Armenia Project Coordinator, Ms. Kristina Matevosyan. Based in Shinuhayr, she will fulfill various responsibilities in the planning, implementation and evaluation phases of our program.

Through our partner organization ARS, The Armenian Relief Society and with the generous support of our friends who attended our “Journey to Armenia” event this summer, RMF will provide basic medical supplies and medicine to the Shinuhayr clinic to ensure adequate stocks to meet the immediate needs of the surrounding communities. We’re also investing the purchase of an ambulance for the clinic to expand…

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The hard work toward raising funds for our primary care clinic in Shinuhayr continues…

In the last few months, RMF and its many volunteers have been working very hard planning a fundraising event to benefit our project in Shinuhayr. Our goal is to begin complete renovation of the 14,000 sq. foot roof of the clinic this summer so that it will be in place before the onslaught of winter. We are confident that the funds needed for this phase, a total of $75,000, will be raised in its entirety on the evening of June 12th…

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On January 17th, RMF visited the village of Shinuhayr with the following agenda:

Meet with the clinic staff and the mayor of the village. Meet with ARK contractor & engineer Sarkis and Zorig to study the building and gather all necessary information pertinent in our construction/renovation endeavor. Identify a non governmental organization (NGO) in Syunik and form a partnership, as this is the protocol RMF follows in every country we implement humanitarian aid. Visit at least six impoverished families and gather first hand information and footage.

Recently, the World Health Report (WHO) 2008 confirmed UN…

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Since the germination of the idea for the RMF-Armenia Clinic project in April of 2008, we have had considerable progress. The needs assessment for the project was completed by independent consultant Dr. Alina Dorian, upon which we were able to identify the exact location and primary care services and programs RMF will implement.

The Republic of Armenia is a small, mountainous country located in southwestern Asia, between the Caucasus and Near Asia (the area between the Kur and Araks rivers). The country is bordered by Georgia and Azerbaijan on the north and east, and by Turkey and Iran…

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Armenia is one of the world’s oldest civilizations located in the southern Caucasus and is the smallest of the former Soviet republics. It lies in the highlands surrounding the Biblical mountains of Ararat, upon which, as Judeo-Christian theology states, Noah’s Ark came to rest after the flood (Gen 8:4). Armenia was the first country in the world to officially embrace Christianity as its religion in 300 A.D. Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia declared its independence on September 23, 1991 as a free democratic country.

Armenia has an estimated population of 3,000,000 people of which 70.3%…

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