Improving Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in Primary Health Care



Signed Grants

In the framework of the 1st competition for EFSD grants for social projects, the Fund’s Council adopted its decision of 28 February 2018 on providing US $1 million to support the project “Improving Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in Primary Health Care” (hereinafter referred to as the Project) to be implemented by the Republic of Armenia.

The Project is aimed at improving the techniques of prevention, early detection, and treatment of noncommunicable diseases in state and municipal health care settings

The Project will be implemented in three regions of the Republic of Armenia with the highest poverty rates – Lori Marz, Syunik Marz, and Tavush Marz – and will include the following components:

Component 1. Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in primary health care settings:

a) Building the institutional capacity of health facilities in the area of breast cancer diagnosis, including:

  • the acquisition of a mobile mammography unit for breast cancer screening programme implementation;
  • maintenance of the mobile mammography unit during the Project period; and
  • training of health care specialists engaged in breast cancer screening.

b) Financing activities undertaken by primary health care facilities in the area of breast cancer screening based on the data on actual health checks performed.

Component 2. Raising public awareness of healthy lifestyles, prevention of risk factors of main noncommunicable diseases, diets, physical activity, and harm of tobacco use.

Component 3. Development of an online continuing medical education module, including a certification programme for family doctors.

Component 4. Project management: Support of operations of the Project Implementation Unit.

If implemented, the Project is expected to generate the following results: a higher number of women aged 50-69 undergo breast cancer screening and more health care specialists based in remote areas get on-the-job training through the new online continuing medical education module.