For Immediate Release
May 12, 2006
ARMENIA FUND USA RESTORES NEUROSURGICAL DIVISION OF ASTVATSATSIN
HOSPITAL IN YEREVAN
Building on the successful maintenance of somatic division
of the same hospital
NEW YORK, New York – Armenia Fund USA (Fund), East Coast Affiliate
of Hayastan Himnadram All-Armenian Fund, is pleased to announce
that much needed renovation works to restore the neurosurgical
division of the Astvatsatsin Hospital, Yerevan, Armenia, have
started in April, 2006. The project is a continuation of the previous
restoration works done for the somatic division (a division for
children with issues such as malnutrition, lack of normal growth
and other developmental physical conditions) of the same hospital.
Having started last year, the project was brought to its successful
completion through the generous contribution of Mr. Agop Giritliyan
– an Armenian philanthropist from Istanbul where he is well-known
for his assistance to more than 5,000 promising Armenian students.
Neurological Division of
the Hospital, currently being restored by Armenia Fund USA,
was in a dilapidated condition
Agop Giritliyan’s generosity has restored not only two of the
most critical wings of the hospital, but, most importantly, the
hope of the children and staff of Astvatsatsin Hospital for a
better quality of healthcare service. The hospital which provides
care for children from ages two to eighteen is also considered
to be the primary emergency care provider in the region. Built
in 1982 and not having undergone any kind of renovation since
Soviet times, the hospital represented an example of a construction
in deplorable conditions suggesting an image of a place to die
rather then heal. With Mr. Giritliyan’s generous support, Armenia
Fund USA’s undertaking of the restoration of this critically important
healthcare center was a step to meet immediate healthcare needs
of many children in Armenia.
The renovation of the somatic division last year was implemented
in parallel with a World Bank initiative to moderately renovate
the first two floors of the hospital. This year, building on the
success and well-maintenance of the infrastructure, Mr. Giritliyan
is undertaking the renovation of the neurosurgical division of
the children’s hospital. The project is scheduled to be completed
by August 25 of 2006. The state-of-the-art renovation of the division
is a bold initiative to take the provision of adequate healthcare
service to a different level for children who are in desperate
The right of every child and adult to proper healthcare, established
by multiple international protocols and conventions, still remains
an unaccomplished task for thousands of children in Armenia and
Karabakh. The Fund’s initiative of renovating the children’s hospital
in Yerevan is a working example of how Armenia Fund USA collaborates
with its donors who have specific philanthropic goals in mind
and choose a direction in their efforts to make a difference.
The Fund’s other projects in the area of public health and medical
care include the Armine Pagoumian Polyclinic and Diagnostic
Center in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh.
Armenia Fund USA has distinguished itself by implementing projects
ranging from grassroots development to specific problem-solving
initiatives. With the support of its donors and constituents,
the Fund will continue in its mission of improving lives by building
foundations that will sustain the economic growth and stability
of the country and its people.
ABOUT ARMENIA FUND USA: ARMENIA FUND USA, founded in 1992,
was the first of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 18 international affiliates and serves constituents in all states east of the Mississippi.
As a non-profit, non-governmental, nonsectarian organization,
the Fund represents all Armenian constituents.
Armenia Fund USA is the largest contributor among the 18 international affiliates – supporting strategic infrastructure projects in Armenia
and Karabakh, and having helped build 138 miles of roads, 100
miles of waterways, 36 schools, 3 electric transmission networks,
210 residential buildings and 15 healthcare institutions.
Armenia Fund USA’s Mission is the development of strategic
socio-economic infrastructure in Armenia and Karabakh, focusing
on major projects such as major highways, schools, drinking water
to communities and humanitarian programs in education, training
and medical facilities. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond
Bricks and Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
To learn more about Armenia Fund USA, please visit
our website at
or call us at 212-689-5307.