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Education Information and Communication in TB prevention and control

Project Code: 
ARM-WHO-001
English
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

Background:

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem especially in Eastern and Central Europe.  Official reports in Armenia suggest that although the number of active TB cases has declined from 2005 to 2009, but the rate of Multiple Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases has increased from 14% in 2004 to 43% in 2011. Labor migration contributes to spread of TB in Armenia. According to research, about one third of migrants infected with TB worked in regions of Russian Federation, where TB prevalence is highest.   
There are multiple challenges faced in Armenia in prevention and treatment of TB. The most important ones are the non-compliance to the TB treatment, which in turn results in development of MDR-TB, the social stigma which inhibits the early detection of new TB cases, and finally lack of capacity among civil society organizations to advocate and raise the awareness about the disease among the public. Also, labor migration affects treatment compliance and increases the risks of developing drug resistant forms of TB.

Project Aims: 

Project Aims:

The aim of the project is to strengthen the capacities of local health NGOs to advocate TB prevention, treatment and control, increase public awareness and reduce stigma about TB disease, provide psycho-social support to the TB patients and mobilize the communities to create enabling environment for implementation of effective TB prevention and control activities.

Action:

The project will include developing training packages and organizing trainings for civil society organizations to increase their capacity in advocacy and providing psycho-social support to the TB patients and their families. The project will also target communities to break the stigma and raise the awareness about the TB disease by utilizing various means of communication and media.

Donor:

World Health Organisation-Armenia

Project code:

ARM-WHO-001

Location:

Armenia, Countrywide

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Mitigating social consequences of labour migrationand maximizing migrants’ involvement in local development

Project Code: 
ARM-UNICEF-001
English
Project Status: 
Running
Project Background: 

Background:

The social consequences of labour (seasonal) migration on families left behind and the migrants do not receive sufficient attention, if indeed they are addressed at all. Despite the influx of money, labour migration leads to several vulnerability factors affecting family members, such as psychosocial problems, exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, lack of adequate care, reduced access to health and education services, and exposure of children to violence and abuse.

Mission East’s efforts represent an integrated and holistic approach towards strengthening the resilience of the families and addressing the negative social effects of labour migration in Armenia through a set of interrelated actions, such as case management, local social planning, institutional cooperation, parental care and diaspora engagement, all underpinned by policy reform. The actions build on and are in line with the on-going reform towards a better integration of social services (ISS). As such, they aim at fostering the links between migration and local development, focusing on the specific social consequences for migrants’ families and measures aimed at enhancing the contribution of diaspora to the development of their country of origin. The project is implemented in four target regions, specifically Lori, Shirak, Tavush and Gegharkunik.

Project Aims: 

Project Aims:

The main goal of the project is to reinforce networks with migrants and diaspora organisations and to engage them in local development to the benefit of the most vulnerable migrants’ families and children.

The specific Outcomes are:

  1. 4 Regional knowledge hubs are fully operational with staff members equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to reinforce networks with migrants and diaspora organisations and to engage them in local development to the benefit of the most vulnerable migrants’ families and children;
  2. A systematic approach is developed and implemented for the contribution of the representatives of diaspora, migrant networks and various specialized organizations to the development of the four target regions by transferring soft and hard resources to the community for the well-being of most vulnerable families and children.

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”The Right to Earn a Living”- Increased economic inclusion of youth with disabilities through enhanced livelihoods opportunities, Tavush, Armenia

Project Code: 
ARM-CISU-007
English
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

Background

Vocational Education Training (VET) possibilities specifically adapted to youth with disabilities (YWD) is still scarce and underdeveloped in Armenia. At present only 2 VET schools in Yerevan are ready to teach YWD as per labour market requirements. This results in 86% of working age YWD with no vocational training and a consequent exclusion from the workforce.

Being deprived from VET opportunities, YWD are lacking vocational competencies demanded by the labour market making them entirely dependent on inadequate disability pensions to survive and, as a result, their income is considerably lower than that of non-disabled people.

This exclusion foreshadows a lifetime of unemployment and marginal employment among a population eager to work. This is compounded by discriminatory attitudes, inaccessible environments and communication barriers that contribute to further marginalization and exclusion from social and economic life.

This project strives to increase social and economic inclusion of YWD and strengthen their civil society organizations in 4 urban and 4 rural communities of Tavush region, Armenia. This will be done by enhancing advocacy capacities of both YWD and of civil society and by bringing together state and none-state actors active in VET and employment.

The project will also increase capacities of 8 VET centers to provide inclusive vocational education and training to YWD relevant to local labor market demands. Finally, the project will enhance access to diversified income generation activities, markets, potential employers and government benefits for YWD in Tavush region.

 

Project Aims: 

Aim:

Development objective: Increased economic and social inclusion of youth with disabilities and strong civil society organizations in Tavush Marz, Armenia.

Immediate objective 1: By the end of the first year 4 regional Platforms for Civic Synergy and a strong civil society allow Youth with Disability to lead advocacy and awareness raising activities on their rights to vocational education and employment.

Immediate objective 2; By the end of the project, 120 youth with disabilities receive vocational education and get qualifications relevant to local labour market from newly established inclusive courses at 8 vocational training centres.

Immediate objective 3. By the end of the project, 120 youth with disabilities in Tavush Marz have access to diversified income generation activities, markets/ potential employers and government benefits.

Action:

Key outputs planned for this project:
 

• 4 BoH Tavush centers got enhanced advocacy capacities to impact regional policies and practices linked with VET and employment opportunities for YWD

• Leaders among YWD are trained in advocacy and have joined Advocacy Groups in 4 BoH regional centers.

• 4 large scale campaign realized by AGs in each region.

• 4 Platforms for Civic Synergy (PCS) established and functioning.

• On-going information on job opportunities is disseminated by PCSs.

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