Over the last decade, Armenia has made substantial progress in improving the physical health and social well-being of its citizens. However, challenges remain in the areas of maternal and child health, reproductive health, and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Key indicators reveal that Armenia is not on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals targets for maternal mortality rate (MMR), under-five mortality rate (U5MR) and the incidence and prevalence of tuberculosis (TB).
USAID is engaged in a strategic partnership with the Government of Armenia, civil society, and other stakeholders to address weaknesses and gaps in the health system that are essential in reducing maternal and child mortality and the burden of TB in the country. USAID targets both access to and quality of care as the two most important components of a well-functioning health system. The Mission also supports the Government of Armenia to improve relevant legislation, financial audit and public expenditure reviews to ensure efficient use of funds. In addition, USAID coordinates with other donors, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), to work with the State Health Agency and National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) on refining the provider payment system for TB services.
Over the course of its 2013-2017 strategy, USAID will gradually phase out assistance to the sector while preserving the legacies and improved outcomes of USAID’s twenty years of assistance. To this end, USAID will strive to create partnerships among government and non-governmental organizations to ensure productive collaboration, sustainable approaches, and increased host-country ownership.
Emergency Medical Care Services for Armenia’s Population – Through this direct grant, USAID supports the Ministry of Health to improve the quality of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Armenia. The project increases public awareness of EMS reforms, enhances the capacity and skills of EMS personnel, and strengthens the monitoring of EMS performance.
The Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness (CEPCB), through USAID support, aims to prevent childhood blindness caused by Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and related eye diseases in Armenia and the region. By encouraging regional cooperation and strengthening the quality of new born care services, the Center will position Armenia as a country able to provide high-quality eye care services to all citizens.
Improving Infant and Young Child Health and Nutrition in Armenia –Through USAID support, UNICEF will work with the Armenian Ministry of Health and World Vision to address mother and child health and nutrition needs in the country. The program will provide education on best feeding practices and will support local health care clinics to deliver quality child health and nutrition services across the country, including rural areas.
Last updated: May 14, 2014