Child Development Centres for Ijevan | EUNewsletter

Child Development Centres for Ijevan

12 November 2013

The EU currently supports the establishment of child development centres (CDCs) in the Ijevan Primary Healthcare Centre and in the Ijevan nursery school. CDCs form part of the “Ensuring effective collaboration between the Ijevan municipality, health facilities, CSOs and citizens and in addressing the basic health and social needs of the community population” project.
Project aims to ensure that the local community has universal access to community-based high quality health and social services. It tends to increase the capacity of staff of the Ijevan municipality and local village administrations, health facilities and social support services on how to assess the health and social needs of the most vulnerable proactively and how to address them jointly. Another aim of the project is to ensure comprehensive assessments of children’s physical and cognitive development.
On 18 October 2013, the opening ceremony of the CDC in the Ijevan Primary Healthcare Centre was held. One of the participants, Arman Davtyan, coordinator of the project, noted that, according to a data analysis of Tavush marz, Ijevan region has very poor indicators of primary and hospital health services: ‘In many cases, Ijevan residents have to travel to the capital, Yerevan, to solve even simple health problems; this is very costly and sometimes risky’.
Representative of the EU Delegation to Armenia Monika Papyan stated that it was very important that both non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local self-governing bodies played an important role in this project: ‘The collaboration of these two sectors is very important. Where local self-governing bodies cannot reach, for whatever reason, NGOs can step in and help. I know from personal experience that these kind of projects produce the best results when social sector organisations and local self-governing bodies cooperate’.
The 18-month project, which began in January 2013, is being implemented by the Ijevan municipality in collaboration with the “Bioethics” NGO. The EU has provided the project with a budget of €149,580.

Child Development Centres for Ijevan

The EU currently supports the establishment of child development centres (CDCs) in the Ijevan Primary Healthcare Centre and in the Ijevan nursery school. CDCs form part of the “Ensuring effective collaboration between the Ijevan municipality, health facilities, CSOs and citizens and in addressing the basic health and social needs of the community population” project. Project aims to ensure that the local community has universal access to community-based high quality health and social services. It tends to increase the capacity of staff of the Ijevan municipality and local village administrations, health facilities and social support services on how to assess the health and social needs of the most vulnerable proactively and how to address them jointly. Another aim of the project is to ensure comprehensive assessments of children’s physical and cognitive development. On 18 October 2013, the opening ceremony of the CDC in the Ijevan Primary Healthcare Centre was held. One of the participants, Arman Davtyan, coordinator of the project, noted that, according to a data analysis of Tavush marz, Ijevan region has very poor indicators of primary and hospital health services: ‘In many cases, Ijevan residents have to travel to the capital, Yerevan, to solve even simple health problems; this is very costly and sometimes risky’. Representative of the EU Delegation to Armenia Monika Papyan stated that it was very important that both non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local self-governing bodies played an important role in this project: ‘The collaboration of these two sectors is very important. Where local self-governing bodies cannot reach, for whatever reason, NGOs can step in and help. I know from personal experience that these kind of projects produce the best results when social sector organisations and local self-governing bodies cooperate’. The 18-month project, which began in January 2013, is being implemented by the Ijevan municipality in collaboration with the “Bioethics” NGO. The EU has provided the project with a budget of €149,580.