Helsinki Citizens' Assembly-Vanadzor

HCAV representatives have already been to 6 psychiatric institutions of the Republic of Armenia to record what issues those institutions encountered in the conditions of the pandemic

August 23, 2022



EU COVID-19 Solidarity Programme
for the Eastern Partnership

Standing Together

Programme title: COVID-19 Solidarity Programme 2020-2022 


In the frame of the project, on 10-19 August 2022, HCAV Chairperson Artur Sakunts and HCAV monitoring specialists of social and medical services Marieta Temuryan and Sara Ghazaryan visited 6 psychiatric institutions, as well as Spitak Care House, talked to representatives of the administrative staff of the institutions to understand what issues and challenges they encountered during the Covid-19 pandemic. They also had a meeting with Artavazd Vanyan, Head of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is also planned to make a visit to the Syunik Regional Neuropsychiatric Dispensary, after which the results of the visits will be summed up. Together with the study of international practices, this information will serve as a basis for the document to be compiled to help psychiatric institutions effectively respond to pandemics.


The project grant was provided by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee as a result of the call for proposals in the frame of “COVID-19 in penitentiary institutions and psychiatric institutions” for civil society organizations of EU-funded COVID-19 Solidarity Programme 2020-2022 for Eastern Partnership Countries.


The aim of the programme is to support civil society organizations to respond to immediate and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. The programme is a part of the activities implemented by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (in cooperation with Global Initiative on Psychiatry), jointly with People in Need and AFEW International.


This publication was prepared with the support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor, and they do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union. 


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