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In Armenia, MSF first worked in the country in 1988 to respond to medical needs following the Spitak earthquake, before treating people with drug-resistant tuberculosis with new, effective drugs.

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, we provided medical and therapeutic care to children with a physical and/or mental disability, in a special education complex in Yerevan; this project was closed in 2004. 

More recently, we focused on implementing new regimens for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Armenia, which has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world. We had been working with the national tuberculosis programme in Yerevan, the capital, since 2005, before implementing our own programme to treat drug-resistant TB in 2015. This programme, which also included medical research, saw patients treated with bedaquiline and delamanid, two of the newest drugs to treat TB; Armenia was one of the first countries in the world to authorise their use.

We also work in Nagorno-Karabakh, a self-proclaimed republic internationally recognised as belonging to Azerbaijan, but which is home to many ethnic Armenians. Our activities there included the provision of medical equipment and support during the Nagorno-Karabakh war (1992–1997), and a TB project (1997-2003). In 2022 we also we supported mental health services to people in public health facilities by conducting training and monitoring patient care.

Our activities in Armenia in 2022

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF in Armenia in 2022 Médecins Sans Frontières runs a mental health care support project for people in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. In 2022, we also started preparations for a new hepatitis C programme in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
Armenia IAR map 2022

In Nagorno-Karabakh region, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but mainly populated and governed by ethnic Armenians, we support mental health services provided to people in public health facilities by conducting training and monitoring patient care. The aim is to strengthen the technical capacity of local psychologists, health workers and social workers in these locations, and improve access to mental health services. 

In addition, we began preparations for the opening of a new project in Armenia focused on providing hepatitis C treatment to people living in vulnerable circumstances, including prisoners. The project, which will launch in 2023, will offer access to timely screening, diagnosis and treatment for the disease through a simplified ‘one-stop-shop’ service model in a general healthcare facility in Yerevan. 

 

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