The World Diabetes Foundation is extending its support of our Diabetes Program in Armenia by funding a $780,000 grant so we may continue our sight-saving work in this sector.

It has been four years now that the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has an Armenian chapter. We are delighted to announce that another group of Armenian doctors and policymakers have successfully completed the IHI Open School Courses in March 2024.

We first met Abgar years ago when he received cataract surgery on our Mobile Eye Hospital. Recently, Abgar has developed another eye disease. So again he turned to the AECP for help.

Since the heartbreaking events of September 2023, Armenians everywhere have made it a priority to help the forcibly displaced refugees from Artsakh. From the first days of the Artsakh peoples’ displacement, the AECP, too, has actively supported our compatriots through services our organization provides.

The Armenian EyeCare Project was honored to participate in a policy dialogue on universal health coverage that took place on April 1, 2024 in Armenia. The event was jointly organized by Armenia’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) and included the participation of many prominent international groups.

Last week, AECP Volunteer Physician Dr. Ruben Grigorian paid a visit to the John Ohannes Khachigian AECP Regional Eye Center in Gyumri, Armenia to conduct consultations and surgeries for patients with complex retinal problems.

Due to our successful program, the AECP is often asked to share our expertise and knowledge in the prevention of childhood eye disease with other developing countries. Recently, Dr. Tadevos Hovhannisyan, AECP’s chief ROP surgeon in Armenia, traveled to Kyrgyzstan to train physicians there in the prevention of ROP and other childhood eye disease.

We are excited to announce that the Armenian EyeCare Project and its volunteer physicians will be traveling to Armenia for our 64th Medical Mission this September.

Susanna Kareyan received her first cornea transplant from the AECP back in 1995. Her implanted cornea layer lasted her nearly 30 years. Recently she was in need of a second transplant and was able to receive it with our help.

In September 2023, Dr. Narine Makyan traveled to the U.S. to participate in the AECP’s Next Generation Fellowship Program. Dr. Makyan recently completed her fellowship and has since returned to Armenia to put her knowledge and skills to work. We recently had a chance to catch up with her on her experience.

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