MARALIK (Armenpress)–Ambassador of Italy to Armenia Paolo Andrea Trabalza–UNDP Resident Representative Joel Boutroue–Coordinator of National Reproductive Health Program and Director of the Center of Perinatology–Obstetrics and Gynecology Razmik Abrahamyan–Deputy Governor of Shirak Marz Romik Manukyan–and Director of Family Care NGO Antonio Montalto traveled today to Armenian town of Maralik to attend a inauguration ceremony for a project in support of the maternity healthcare division.
The project with a total budget of $225,000 was funded by the Government of Italy through a global Trust Fund for Crisis–Post-Conflict and Recovery.
The objective of the project is to contribute to reduce of the rate of maternal/child mortality among most vulnerable population groups.
The mortality rate among this sector of society increased dramatically due to the deterioration of the public healthcare system.
Specifically–the project is meant to establish emergency and technical assistance for rehabilitation of maternity hospital in Maralik and 15 local policlinics in Ani district of Shirak region.
The project will also provide necessary medical supplies and equipment–including an ambulance–and will organize specialized training sessions for the staff of a healthcare institutions.
The location of the project was proposed by the Ministry of Health because it has the worst statistics in terms of health and sanitation.
In Ani–maternal mortality stands 10 times above the national average–the ratio of underweight newborn children is five percent higher than the national average–and mortality rate of children under five is double compared to the national average.
The plans to implement will be carried out by a local NGO "Family Care" selected in view of its capacity and experience in the implementation of similar projects in several locations throughout Armenia.
The project will make a positive difference in the healthcare services available to about 9,000 women and children under five years of age in Ani district.
The government of Armenia–the government of Italy and UNDP expect the project to have a big impact on the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity rate in Shirak.