AmeriCares supports health care facilities that serve approximately 85% of Armenia's 3 million people. The donated medicines and medical supplies have been distributed to hospitals, health clinics, orphanages and other programs across the country.
Snapshot of Armenia:
Armenia, a country that has endured a long history of conflict and conquerors, faces widespread unemployment and poverty. The result: an alarming emigration rate from a country where over half of its declining population lacks access to essential medicines. The unresolved conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan and border issues with Turkey have contributed to Armenia’s economic challenges and the slow progress in the health sector in addressing critical health issues:
- Chronic disease requiring more advanced levels of care — including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
AmeriCares started working in Armenia in December 1988 in response to the Spitak Earthquake.
Since 1992, AmeriCares has delivered dozens of shipments to our partner, the United Armenia Fund (UAF) carrying medicines and supplies. Working closely with the Armenian Ministry of Health (MOH), UAF distributes medical aid to health care facilities throughout the country.
In 1988, the devastating Spitak Earthquake killed 25,000 people and left 500,000 others homeless. As the first humanitarian aid group to respond to the earthquake, AmeriCares sent an airlift within 24 hours of the catastrophe.
Over the next year, AmeriCares delivered six additional airlifts of relief aid. In addition, AmeriCares established a surgical unit and a prosthetics clinic to treat the victims; and dozens of earthquake survivors were brought to the United States for specialized surgeries not available in their own country.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Armenia to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Armenia
AmeriCares collaboration with Kansas Air National Guard and our partner in Armenia airlifted a shipment of critical medicines to help health care providers in the country reach more patients in need of treatment in areas with limited resources.
Arman Ghazaryan, a victim of the devastating1988 Armenian earthquake that leveled his hometown of Spitak, had been airlifted to the United States by AmeriCares for a damaged leg and a crushed skull. Now, eighteen years later, AmeriCares brought Ghazaryan back to New York to attend the gala and reunite with the various people who helped him recover.