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Shirak Regional Branch

    Shirak Regional Branch

    Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), following its humanitarian mission, aims at supporting the most vulnerable, to meet their humanitarian needs and alleviate suffering.


    In Shirak Region we support:

    •  the most vulnerable lonely elderly
    • children and youth
    • the families of the Missing persons
    • families in need
    • vulnerable communities
    • TB patients
    • Covid-19 isolated population



    Disaster management 

    Disaster Risk Reduction/Community Resilience Raising

    •  Formation of community volunteers responding teams, equipment and uniform provision
    • Training of teachers and pupils
    • Evacuation and simulation drills at schools
    • Evacuation signs placing at schools
    • Awareness raising of DRR
    • Support to the building and renovation of mud removal facilities

    Response to NK conflict escalation 

    408 people received AMD 68000, 27.744.000 AMD in total. 



    Tracing service


    Psycho-social support to families of Missing persons


    12 Missing persons families


    • Detailed data collection about Missing persons
    • Support to the families to solve their social, health and legal issues
    • Vocational trainings for family members
    • Cultural events organization

    Social support and health care

    Community based integrated home care and healthy aging

    60 lonely bedridden elderly from Gyumri


    Care of professional nurses (3 nurses)

    Support of home care providers (6 home care providers) and volunteers (16 volunteers)

    Special home care equipment and hygiene items

    Initiative groups for Healthy aging activities in 10 communities


    Stigma and discrimination reduction and psycho-social support

    38 tuberculosis patients


    • Psycho-social support to the patients, who interrupted the treatment 
    • Talks on stigma with the patients, their relatives and the primary health care providers

    Covid-19 response 

    Lonely elderly, vulnerable families, isolated population, persons with disabilities, Syrian-Armenians, orphanage graduates, beneficiaries of nursing homes

    3605 packages of food and hygiene items. 


    Gyumri 24-hour care center


    Since May 2020, the ARCS, under the agreement signed with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, took over the management of the 24-hour care center in Gyumri to provide a favorable living environment for up to 160 beneficiaries in the center, providing proper care, quality food, appropriate health, psycho-social and other necessary services, as well as improving the facility's conditions through repair works.


    In September 2020, the project "Working together for quality care, well-being and dignified life" was launched, which is implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society in cooperation with the Austrian Red Cross and funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation.


    The goal of the project is to improve the quality of integrated care and social services for the residents of Gyumri 24-hour care center.


    In April 2022, the renovation of the first building was completed, where a palliative care department was created. The building's twenty rooms, dining room and kitchen, boiler room, first floor corridor were renovated.

    Strengthening resilience of South Caucasus communities to health emergencies

    The goal of the project is to increase the resilience of communities to reduce the negative impact and consequences of disasters and emergency situations on the health of the population, as well as improve the capacities of coping with pandemics, first aid, psychological support.

    Dissemination of Humanitarian principles

    2800-3000 pupils and teachers yearly


     The goal is the dissemination of Humanitarian principles among the population, especially Youth, involve new resources and volunteers, and enlarge the network of the partners. 


    • Dissemination sessions in the schools and educational institutions of Lori urban and rural communities about Red Cross history and fundamental principles
    • Thematic events, such as games and competitions, etc.