TRAINING ON FIGHT AND PREVENTION MEASSURES AGAINST COVID-19 FOR MEDICAL EXPERTS
On December 13-15, 2022, capacity building training for medical experts was held in Tsakhkadzor, organized by the New Generation Humanitarian NGO. The aim of the training was to raise awareness among the medical experts about the provision of TB-related services, the fight against COVID-19, the importance and specifics of the outreach work during the pandemic, HIV prevention programs among vulnerable groups.
On the first day of the training, December 13, specialists from the National Center of Pulmonology launched the training. Lilit Samsonian talked about measures supporting TB services, social support of patients, patient-centered models of treatment.
Hakob Atchemnyan, the second specialist, presented the topic of tuberculosis (TB). He particularly referred to the epidemiological situation of TB in Armenia, presented in detail the TB pathogen, methods of transmission, symptoms, treatment schemes, connection with other diseases, she highlighted the importance to educate the patient in the fight against TB. The expert also pointed out the connection of COVID-19 and TB, the challenges in the sphere and the uninterrupted provision of TB services in the conditions of the epidemic.
The trainer-experts of the second day were Lena Nazaryan and Yelena Silka, doctor-infectionists from the National Center of Infectious Diseases of RA MoH.
The first trainer-expert spoke about the HIV and AIDS related services, especially those among the key populations.
The second trainer-expert presented the coronavirus and its epidemiology, impacts, anti-pandemic measures and efficiency, the role of the outreach work in raising awareness of epidemics, vulnerability of the risk of groups to COVID and peculiarities of counselling, relations of COVID-19 and HIV, compatibility of ARV drugs with vaccinations as well as COVID-19 vaccine types and their features.
The topic of the last day of the training, December 15, was Right to Health, which was presented by NGNGO lawyer Shushan Khnkoyan who spoke about stigma and discrimination as well as the medical support and care guaranteed by the state as well as the right to health violation cases and fields.
The training was held in an atmosphere of active discussions, questions and answers, during which participants received answers to all their questions.
At the end of the training the participants were awarded certificates.
HIV Prevention in Armenia project is implemented by New Generation Humanitarian NGO with financial support of the RA Ministry of Health from the funds of The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in cooperation with the National Center for Infectious Diseases CJSC of the RA Ministry of Health.