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World Population Day Commemorated in Syunik Region of Armenia

This year UNFPA, the Ministry of Health of Armenia, and Goris Women Resource Center held an event commemorating July 11, the World Population Day, in Goris city of Syunik region, Armenia. Around 80 representatives of NGOs, active youth, government and education institutions from four cities of Syunik region got together to mark the Day.

This year the topic of the World Population Day was “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies”.

Garik Hayrapetyan, UNFPA Armenia Assistant Representative, and representative of Goris Municipality greeted the participants.

Dr. Gayane Avagyan, Head of Mother and Child Health Protection Department, Ministry of Health, made a presentation about necessary care and actions aimed at protection of vulnerable populations, in particular pregnant women and girls, in emergencies. She also presented the so-called MISP, Minimal Initial Service Package, which is a coordinated set of priority activities designed to: prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence; prevent excess maternal and newborn 
morbidity and mortality; reduce HIV transmission; and plan for comprehensive RH services beginning in the early days and weeks of an emergency.

The presentation was followed by a Q&A session.

UNFPA provided five packages including a clean delivery kits and a dignity kit to women resource centers of for cities in Syunik region, Goris, Kapan, Sisian, and Meghri, and to Goris Municipality.

During the second part of the event there was a concert by the energetic “Fever Band” playing old and new world music hits.