Today the Orange Foundation and Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP) started a joint project in the Shirak region, the objective of which is to provide free eye screenings to residents of Shirak region during August-September as well as treatment, including surgeries, for socially vulnerable people.
Starting from today, ophthalmological teams of AECP will visit two towns and 44 village communities of Shirak region according to the following programme: Ani region – August 16-20, Artik region – August 22-31, Akhuryan region – September 1-14, Ashotsq and Amasia – September 19-30.
As part of the project, nine schools of Shirak region will also host classes on eye care for children in parallel to the eye screenings.
Nazareth Seferian, Orange Armenia Foundation Secretary General, said: “We are happy to join this initiative as we have partners devoted to their mission and in the end of the project a lot of people will see life in brighter colours. People with eye disease are at the centre of the Orange Foundation’s attention not only in Armenia, but also in other countries where the Foundation works. Eye care is a new field for the Orange Foundation in Armenia, and we are looking forward to a successful implementation of this project, after which we will consider a long-term partnership. We appeal to everyone to come and have their eyes checked, even if they feel that they do not have specific problems, as prevention is always easier than treatment.”
Nune Yeghiazaryan, Director of Armenian office of the Armenian Eye Care Project, said: “It’s the fourth visit of the Armenian Eye Care Project to the Shirak region. During last three visits we have screened around 17,000 people, realized around 1,200 surgeries and over 4,000 people have received glasses. In this joint project with the Orange Foundation, we plan to screen around 3,000 adults and 1,200 children, conduct around 250 surgeries and laser treatment, as well as provide around 1,200 glasses. It’s very important to note that with the support of the Orange Foundation it will be possible to conduct screenings and eyecare awareness classes in nine schools as well, which is essential for the prevention of eye disease.”
The Orange Foundation has allotted 9mln AMD to support the project in Shirak marz. The mobile hospital, where treatments and surgeries will take place, is equipped with the latest in modern technology and is under the direction of Dr. Asatur Hovsepyan, from the S. V. Malayan Eye Care Centre in Yerevan.
AECP has also planned to involve local ophthalmologists in the screenings, who will assist in finding people who need treatment or glasses.
For more information, residents of Shirak region should follow the announcements in their community centers and mass media communication, as well as inquire at the local medical centre or the Health Department of the Shirak Marzpetaran.
The precise schedule of medical visits is available at www.eyecareproject-armenia.com.