ICAH

Institute of Child and Adolescent Health

The Institute of Child and Adolescent Health (ICAH) is one of the cornerstones of Arabkir Medical Centre. Being the successor of the Republican Center for Child Health Care Organization and Methodology and reestablished in 2003, the Institute of Child and Adolescent Health (ICAH) is one of the leading and headmost health establishments in Armenia in the field of Child and Adolescent Health.

The mission of the Institute is to promote healthy growth and development of children and adolescents of Armenia.

The activities of the Institute are mainly aimed at development of national health policies and regulations, concepts, strategic and investment programs, capacity building of health care specialists, development of innovative approaches, promotion of exchange of experience between the specialists, local and foreign experts to contribute to sustainable development of health care in the sphere of child and adolescent health.

The main directions of the activities implemented by ICAH are presented below:

  • to conduct researches, studies and surveys to collect and analyze information and statistical data on the status of child and adolescent health in Armenia
  • to participate in development and enhancement of national policies and regulations for improving the health system at different levels
  • to develop and implement projects and investment programs
  • to provide support in developing the clinical guidelines for the child and adolescent health
  • to support activities aimed at children rights advocacy
  • to improve capacities of health professionals through trainings, seminars, workshops and lectures
  • to foster and reinforce activities aimed at healthy lifestyle promotion
  • to establish youth-friendly services
  • to improve services for early identification and management of non-communicable diseases in children
  • to arrange visits of mobile medical teams to the regions of Armenian to provide specialized medical care

Basic principles of our work

Noyemberyan-trainingCollaboration: ICAH is aimed to strengthen collaboration with all key stakeholders, such as health professionals and relevant national authorities, national and international experts, medical specialists and professionals from the field of Public Health, governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations as well as international and bilateral organizations.

Integration: ICAH works toward integration of efforts of all sectors, especially health, education and social sectors; integration of the primary, secondary and tertiary level services within the health sector.

InnovationFor many years ICAH has been at the forefront of efforts to improve health status of Armenian children by introducing innovative approaches in the pediatrics. The ICAH makes large efforts to bring its own practices and practices of other health institutions functioning in the CAH field into line with the best international standards.

erexa-stetEffectiveness: Attaching special importance to effectiveness, the ICAH continuously improves its activities to ensure best possible results and effective management of limited resources available in a country like Armenia.

AccountabilityThe history of collaboration of the ICAH with many partners from different countries has always demonstrated the important role of the accountability in building long-term partnerships.

Sustainability: The latest history of the health sector of Armenia gives many examples of the initially perfect projects, which disrupted with the expiry of external financing. Therefore, since early stages of implementation of any program, sustainability is one of the highest priorities.

ICAH ACTIVITIES

  • HEALTH POLICIES AND STRATEGIES

Support in developing the policy and strategic documents in the field of Child and Adolescent Health. National Strategy on Child and Adolescent Health and Development and Action plan for 2016-2020.

Project: ASSESSMENT OF MOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH (MCH) SERVICES IN ARMENIA, realized in Oct. 2010-Feb. 2011, in collaboration with MoH and World Vision Armenia. Assessment of MCH services in Armenia, particularly staff and infrastructures was conducted; strengths and weaknesses of the current system were highlighted; the recommendations have been used in policy developing and planning.

CONTINUOUS MEDICAL EDUCATION IN PEDIATRICS AND ARRANGEMENT OF OUTREACH MEDICAL SERVICES

The ICAH held trainings in Yerevan as well as organized hundreds of visits of leading pediatric experts to the most regions of Armenia to provide lectures and training, share their advanced experience with local specialists.

Project: COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT: IMPROVEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, implemented under support of the Children of Armenia Foundation, Armavir marz, 2005. ICAH specialists developed Pediatric manual and the set of clinical guidelines on management of the most common childhood diseases in cooperation with the team of senior pediatric experts of Armenia. The ICAH introduced unique model of on-the-job training, which has been used at different trainings. Under support of the Ministry of Health as well as within the frames of different programs, the ICAH arranges visits of mobile medical teams to the regions and remote areas of Armenia. Many thousands of sick children were consulted, treated and referred by the best pediatric professionals of Armenia.

photos Training Medical CollegeCHILD DEVELOPMENT AND REHABILITATION OF CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS/ DELAYS

Activities of ICAH in this field are aimed to prevent child disabilities, improve health and wellbeing of children with developmental delays and promote their social integration through implementation of early intervention program, improvement of knowledge and skills of relevant specialists and establishing of specialized child rehabilitation centers in regions of Armenia.

Project: HEALTHY START: PREVENTING DISABILITY AND PROMOTING THE RIGHTS OF DISABLED CHILDREN IN ARMENIA, in collaboration with the Armenian office of Mission East Danish NGO and Bridge of Hope under support of the Agency for International Development of the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Armavir, Gegharkunik and Tavoush marzes, 2006-2013.

Regional Child Development and Rehabilitation Centers (CDRC) were established in Armavir and Tavoush regions of Armenia; the multidisciplinary staff of CDRCs was trained on physical, mental and social rehabilitation of the children. The comprehensive set of teaching materials for medical doctors, nurses, allied medical and other specialists was developed, including “Basics of Child Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics” textbook, “Child Developmental Disorders and Basics of Rehabilitation” manual, set of modules for rehabilitation teams, as well as educational leaflets for parents. To improve early detection and referral of children with special need, doctors and nurses in target areas were trained on child developmental disorders. The new system of surveillance on child disability was developed and introduced in CDRCs.

PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE

20170317_112902Since 2015 Armenian Pediatric Association and ICAH, under support of Open Society Foundations –Armenia, are working to introduce Pediatric Palliative Care in Armenia. Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) needs assessment was conducted in Armenia; the situation analysis document with suggestions for the relevant model and the concept of the Pediatric Palliative Care in Armenia was presented and discussed; PPC was included in the Strategy for Child and Adolescent Health and Development and Action plan for 2016-2020.

SCHOOL HEALTH. ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Programmes to improve adolescent health, 2005-to present

The ICAH provided support in developing the National Concept paper of Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS), in cooperation with UNICEF and For Family and Health NGO (approved by the Ministry of Health in 2005). There were initiated the series of activities, including sensitization of policy-makers, health and education professionals, public on adolescent health issues; adaptation of WHO Orientation Program on Adolescent Health and trainings of the medical staff; development of the draft standards of adolescent friendly services; analysis of legislation and organization of the parliament hearings; development of educational materials for medical staff and young people/public.

In 2010 the ICAH participated in the review of services, implemented under guidance of the senior international expert in this field. The results of interviews and focus group discussions in 4 focal points are reflected in the “Strengthening Health Services for School-age Children and Adolescents in Armenia” report, which outlines perspectives and recommendations.

Project: YOUTH FRIENDLY SERVICES IN COLLEGES OF ARMAVIR AND KOTAYK REGIONS, implemented in collaboration with Jinishyan Memorial Foundation and Child Health Care Association, 2006, was realized to promote healthy lifestyle and prevent sexual and reproductive health problems among the students of colleges of Armavir and Kotayk regions.

Project: IMPROVEMENT OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AWARENESS OF ADOLESCENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS was conducted in collaboration with UNFPA in 2013. The project was targeted to raise awareness on reproductive health knowledge, change attitude and practices of adolescents with disabilities/ chronic diseases, teachers, school nurses and other caregivers, thus improve reproductive and overall health status of the most vulnerable Armenian adolescents in the pilot community of Yerevan. Trainings for the parents and pupils of selected 2 inclusive schools were conducted; two separate teaching modules and educational leaflets were developed and distributed. Seminars on healthy lifestyle, sexual and reproductive health for adolescent with special needs in Recreation inclusive summer camp “Aparan” were organized jointly with Y-Peer national network.

Project on IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PILOT ADOLESCENT FRIENDLY INTEGRATED HEALTH, EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES IN ARMENIAN REGIONS was implemented in 2012-2014 in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Social Affairs and under support of UNICEF. Intersectoral coordination and regulatory framework in health, educational, social, and non-governmental sectors were elaborated and implemented in 2 pilot sites in Yerevan and 1 – in Armavir region. The project was aimed to fill the gaps and stimulate promotion of healthy development and wellbeing, lifestyle of schoolchildren and adolescents, respond to the health concerns of adolescents, their parents and teachers. In the frames of the project job descriptions of school nurse, adolescent doctor, school psychologist and social worker/ pedagogue were specified; seminars were held for involved school staff, parental and students councils; cases were identified and discussed within the teams. Health personnel collaborated with YFHS of Arabkir medical center and referred adolescents for specialized consultation.

ICAH is actively involved in HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PROMOTION activities, held seminars and trainings for schoolchildren, parents, health staff and teachers, develop and distribute information materials. In 2015-2016 manual for teachers on Healthy lifestyle (according to the school curriculum it is held in 8-11 grades) was revised and updated.

In 2017 ICAH is collaboration with UNESCO IITE in the frames of technical assistance of UNAIDS, under support of the Government of Russian Federation, has developed the INFORMATION PORTAL FOR ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE – www.teenslive.am. The articles and recommendations are focused on actual topics for teens, among them health, communication, relations, love etc. The content includes interesting and useful news, resources and hot line numbers; also it is possible to address a question to the specialists of ICAH.

STUDY ON HEALTH BEHAVIOUR OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Health Behaviour of School-age Children (HBSC) survey focuses on studying the health and health behavior of adolescents and at disclosing the various factors – healthcare, education, social and family environments, which influence their health and behaviors. The survey enables collection of valid data on both national and cross-national levels, and allows making comparisons across all participating countries. HBSC survey has been conducted every four years under the aegis of WHO Regional Office for Europe in 47 countries.Untitled

The pilot study on Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) was implemented with the support of UNICEF, 2005. In 2007, Armenia became an associate member of the European HBSC network. In 2009/2010 and 2013/2014 the full-scale studies were conducted under the support of the State Committee of Science and UNICEF among 11, 13, 15, 17 year-old schoolchildren from all regions of Armenia. In 2017/2018 the new HBSC will be conducted.

The results of the Health Behavior in School-aged Children 2013/2014 National study were presented by ICAH to professional community on May 13, 2016. The survey was conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science, the State Committee of Science, the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund Armenia Country Office and the International HBSC Survey Network. Survey revealed a number of issues of physical and mental health, peculiarities of eating habits and practices, lack of physical activity. Prevalence of smoking among boys increases dramatically from 15 to 17 years of age. The majority of adolescents acknowledged that they like their school; family culture is also rather unique. Prevalence of physical fights among males is the highest among all participating countries and is a serious matter of concern. More than 90% of teenagers are satisfied with their life, which is the highest rate in the international survey; however the level of satisfaction declines with the age. Analysis of the survey data enables highlighting the directions in adolescent health and behavior that require most attention and further public health interventions in schoolchildren, adolescents and young people.

OUR PARTNERS

Since 2003, ICAH has collaborated with the Ministry of Health of Armenia, the Ministry of Education and Science, Regional health authorities and health institutions; International organizations including WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNESCO IITE, Mission East, World Vision, USAID, Children of Armenia Fund, Fund for Armenian Relief, Jinishyan Memorial Foundation, local NGOs, etc.

OUR STAFF

 

 Sergey Sargsyan  

Associate Professor Sergey Sargsyan, MD, PhD

Head of ICAH

 Eva  Yeva Movsesyan, MD

Coordinator for Child and Adolescent Health and Development projects

 Marina Marina Melkumova, MD,

Adolescent Health Programme Coordinator

   
   

 

The office of the Armenian Pediatric Association is situated in ICAH. 

President of the Armenian Pediatric Association – Professor Ashot Sarkissian, Director – Yeva Movsesyan.

 

CONTACTS:

ARABKIR Medical Centre – Institute of Child and Adolescent Health

Address: 30 Mamikoniants str., 0014, Yerevan, Armenia

Phone: +37410 23 60 30, 23 60 56, 23 68 83 / 11-45, 10-44, 22-08

Fax: +37410 28 41 70

URL: www.arabkirjmc.am/icah

E-mail: sargsyans@dolphin.am , icah@arminco.com

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