The EFSD’s free mammography screening programme is launched in Armenia
Yerevan, 29 January 2021. Armenia has launched free breast screening tests under the programme to improve prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in primary health care funded by a grant from the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) managed by the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB).
The programme finances breast screening examinations in women aged 50 to 69 in the country’s Lori, Tavush, and Syunik regions. Mobile mammography equipment will be successively deployed in the most densely populated areas. The resulting mammograms will be read by specialists at the Fanarjyan National Centre for Oncology.
For the first six months, the mobile mammography unit will be deployed at the Vanadzor Medical Centre and Vanadzor outpatient clinics.
Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women. More than 1,000 new cases are diagnosed yearly in Armenia, with a 20% increase in recent years.
The Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) amounting to US$8.513 billion was formed on 9 June 2009 by the governments of the same six countries. The EFSD assists its member states in overcoming the consequences of the global financial crisis, ensuring their economic and financial stability, and fostering integration in the region. The EFSD member countries signed the Fund Management Agreement with Eurasian Development Bank giving it the role of the EFSD Resources Manager.
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