Armenia site visit day 3

April 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today we traveled through rain, sleet and snow to Gyumri where we visited a Medical Clinic, Children’s Hospital , a kindergarten and orphanage.  The highlight of the day was sharing time with 119 orphans under the age of 7  of which about 20% required some type of corrective surgery. 

Precious children in kindergarten

The Austrian Children’s Hospital was built about ten years ago to serve the needs of the local region. Many specialists are not available in this area  including Plastic Reconstructive surgeons. 

Ruthann sharing thoughts with one of the babies

The city of Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia was the epicenter of the 1988 earthquake.  The devastation is still visible everywhere. The needs are  extensive. Orphanage child with cleft

The hospitality of our local hosts was heartwarming, as were the smiles of the children we met today. 

Its evident to us that there is a need for surgical care.  We are meeting with several other doctors tommorrow to review the need

Suzie Germenian and child with facial clefting

Iris and Steve Lazarian


Yerevan, Armenia days 1 and 2

April 28, 2010 § 2 Comments

Our Goup at the Genocide Memorial

Yesterday, after a few hours to recover from the long  journey to Yerevan, we began our morning after breakfast by visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum.  This was a very sobering and emotional start for our day.  The date of the genocide rememberence was April 24 and the site was still adorned with thousands of beautiful flowers.

Following this visit, we went the local Children’s Charity Hospital where we met with an administrator, the medical director and the staff plastic surgeon.  We had a lengthy discussion regarding the ways that the Plasticos Foundation might be able to help them care for their patients.

Today we attended a local private grade school supported by the  Lazarian and Gertmanian Family Foundations.  The School Director was an amazing women who has developed a wonderful educational environment and curriculum for the lucky children who are able to attend.

This evening dinner was hosted by the Ohanyans, a local family who provided us with a feast of  Armenian dishes leaving us too stuffed to move.  Their kindness and warmth was overwhelming.  Their son Vahe, an emerging film producer, has been kind enough to act as our translator and facilitator during our visit

Site Visit

April 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hopefully this volcanic cloud will not stop us from flying to Armenia!


April 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

The Plasticos Foundation has been invited to Armenia by representatives of their educational and health care representatives to colaborate with their medical providers to improve care to children with clefts and other birth deformities.

We will be conducting a site visit with the purpose of bringing a team to Armenia that will work with the local doctors and nurses to provide this care.  We will determine what educational needs will enhance the existing knowledge base of  Armenian team members.  We will determine financial needs and restrictions contributing to problems in distribution of health care.  We will see what surgical and medical equipment we can provide to help these doctors better treat their children.  We will visit their clinics , hospitals and surgical facilities  to understand what the existing conditions are for providing surgical care and the ways in which we can help to improve this infrastructure.

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