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Hypertension is a big problem for the population of war-threatened Nagorno Karabakh, says chief physician Grigori Gasparyan at the Martuni clinic. He is very grateful for the blood pressure medication donated by Mission East. Photo: Mission East/Peter Eilertsen.
Medicine and surgical equipment from Mission East improves the health of the most vulnerable Armenians in the war-threatened territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. By Svend Løbner, journalist, September 2017 Illness exhausts – physically as well as mentally. And people are particularly weakened when a conflict threatens to escalate into war. This is the situation for Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh – a territory long disputed by Azerbaijan and Armenia. The population is under considerable pressure, and full-scale war can break out at any time. Mission East recently distributed medicine and surgical...
 

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Mission Øst i Armenien har arbejdet i over 20 år blandt de mest marginaliserede og sårbare indbyggere, som er blevet hårdt ramt af Sovjetunionens kollaps, krigen mellem Armenien og Aserbajdsjan, den økonomiske krise og de adskillelses-politikker, som har eksisteret i landet gennem mange år.

Aktiviteterne er målrettet mennesker med handicap og deres familier, børn med særlige behov (socialt, uddannelses- og sundhedsmæssigt), og mennesker som lever i fattigdom i de landlige områder. 

De har haft dårlige muligheder for uddannelse og sundhedsydelser, er blevet diskriminerede, stigmatiserede og ekskluderede fra samfundet. De mangler basal viden om deres egne rettigheder og er ude af stand til at beskytte sig selv og har kun ringe muligheder for at finde arbejde og forbedre deres livsforhold.

Derudover har Mission Øst siden 2009 har været partner med Global Fund i “National Program on the Response to HIV Epidemic in Armenia”, hvor vi har samarbejdet med 10 lokale organisationer og med statslige organer for at yde støtte til mennesker, der lever med hiv/aids, samt at arbejde med de mest udsatte for at bremse spredningen af epidemien.

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Tigran together with his mother.

13-year-old Tigran used to sit all alone at home.
By Tania Maria Lüders Rusbjerg, Mission East Journalist
Photos by Hayrapet Hovsepyan

 

Kim Hartzner listening to Arman´s heart

"I’m more enthusiastic than ever about this work," says Mission East’s Managing Director, Kim Hartzner, who has lived in Armenia for the past two years. Now, he and his family are returning home to Denmark. Their memories are full of people and stories from a country where disability still carries a huge stigma.
 

Kim Hartzner, Managing Director, writes from Armenia, where he has been in charge of the Mission East office since August. The winter is closing in in a country where temperatures can reach minus 20 degrees Celsius. The cold is especially hard for five year old Marine and her mother who live in an unheated stone house with a mud floor.