Armenia: World TB Day 2009 activities

The Armenian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the national tuberculosis (TB) programme, organized a round-table discussion on 24 March and invited representatives of all relevant Armenian-based international organizations, partners and the media.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF – France), in collaboration with staff of the WHO Country Office, Armenia and personnel from the national TB programme, distributed leaflets with general information on TB and other material with Stop TB messages in information booths in public places. The team, along with staff from nearby TB centres, answered questions from the public about the disease, training for doctors and nurses at the new TB centres and management of multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB.

The WHO Country Office held a meeting for all stakeholders working on TB control on 26 March:

  • to highlight the importance of World TB Day;
  • to share with national and international partners and colleagues the results of the Green Light Committee mission to Armenia (on 23–27 March 2009) to assess the implementation of the programme to manage TB drug resistance;
  • to share with the stakeholders the results of a mission carried out by the Portfolio Manager of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), aiming to assess the use of its grants; and
  • to share the results of the mission from WHO headquarters, which found that Armenian treatment programmes had a sizeable impact on drug resistance.
The College of Health Sciences of the American University of Armenia (AUA) organized a public health lecture on 19 March 2009, entitled “Tuberculosis: one of the great challenges in the Region”.