Emergency Preparedness & Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Rapid response to urgent hygiene needs of conflict-affected populations in Armenia 

The conflict in Nagorno Karabakh has triggered large population displacement to Armenia. The majority of the displaced stay in host families or collective shelters, such as kindergartens, that are ill-adapted for long-term stays due to poor hygiene and inadequate or insufficient facilities. This population influx raises serious epidemiological concerns, as poor hygiene and overcrowding in host communities and collective shelters are the ideal conditions for COVID-19 transmission. This crisis is furthered as Armenian citizens are struggling with the COVID-19 outbreak.

This project, funded by the European Union and implemented by People in Need (PIN), targets about 2400 conflict-affected persons by addressing their most pressing basic hygiene needs.

The contents of hygiene kits are aligned with national and international health standards.

“The hygiene kits include more than two dozen items in different quantities for COVID-19 prevention, self-care, and house/shelter cleaning: there will be family kits for general usage and additional individual packages for children, women, and seniors.

PIN will also produce a needs assessment report to ensure that conflict-affected populations have improved access to evidence-based relief.

Activities are focused on the Syunik region, specifically the Goris extended community, the city of Goris and the Tegh extended community. 

Multisectoral emergency assistance to vulnerable conflict-affected populations in Armenia

This project contributes to saving lives, promoting wellbeing, and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable displaced and host populations affected by the conflict in Armenia. The project is funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and implemented by People in Need (PIN) in partnership with ACTED, REACH, Association of Armenian Social Workers (AASW), and Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ART).

This project will respond to the needs of about 20,000 conflict-affected persons via a multi-sectoral program that aims at addressing the most pressing shelter, hygiene, and psychological needs of populations.

PIN will increase access to safe and winterized shelter for the most vulnerable conflict-affected populations and support host families with utility payments. The selection of the beneficiaries will be closely coordinated with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MSLA), local municipalities, and the marz administrations.

Multi-sectoral emergency assistance to vulnerable populations affected by the conflict in Armenia

People in Need, with funding from the US Agency for International Development, supports those affected by the conflict in Armenia by addressing their most pressing hygiene and winterisation needs, as well as by helping to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The project covers all of the regions of Armenia and responds to the needs of approximately 50,000 beneficiaries.

Using an integrated Shelter, Health and Wash response, the project is focused on:

• Enhancing access to safe and winterised shelter for the most vulnerable, displaced populations;

• Protecting the displaced and their host communities from the spread of COVID-19 by enhancing their awareness and enabling them to adopt practices to minimise the risk of transmitting or contracting the disease; and

• Ensuring that the most vulnerable populations affected by the conflict are able to practice basic hygiene and infection-prevention behaviours.

Child Friendly Spaces in Armenia

Since November 2020, seven Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) have opened in the town of Goris and the villages of Hartashen, Verishen, Qarahunj, Vorotan, and Khndzoresk. These facilities, funded by the United States Agency for International Development and established by People in Need in conjunction with the Goris Municipality, provide services to 450 displaced and local children and their parents, and aim to enhance the children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development․

The CFS provide a number of services and benefits for the communities they serve. Psychological services, including individual counselling sessions, are available for children and their parents. Children can also gain valuable skills through a variety of trainings, events, and community initiatives, while parents have the opportunity to participate in sessions on positive discipline. Capacity-building sessions are held for CFS specialists to keep the activities of the facilities up-to-date, and to enhance the skills of the providers. 

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