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Activities of the Armenian Red Cross Society during the State of Emergency declared as a result of Coronavirus Pandemic

26.03.2020
 Activities of the Armenian Red Cross Society during the State of Emergency declared as a result of Coronavirus Pandemic

     

The Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), as an auxiliary organization to the government in the humanitarian field and the largest voluntary organization in the country, as well as having branches in all regions and numerous communities, is always  standing by the side of the Government bodies and the people.

 28․03․2020

ARCS manages the sorting, packaging and distribution of food donations in cooperation with the RA Prime Minister Administration, RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure

1000 people, lonely pensioners living in Armavir and Shirak regions and homeless people in Yerevan receive food parcels on 27-31 March. 

 

                 

 

Watch the video describing the sorting and packaging of food parcels  here




28.03.2020

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The United States will allocate USD 1.1 million for measures to combat coronavirus in Armenia. This support will be provided through the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

 

Through the latter the Armenian Red Cross Society will receive USD 400,000, as an auxiliary organization to the government involved in response to Covid-19 pandemics since the first day of the state of emergency, cooperating with the Government in Armenia, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, all regional administrations and the City Hall of Yerevan.

With this support, the Armenian Red Cross Society, in partnership with the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, will provide social assistance in the form of food and hygiene kits to 7,000 single, orphaned elderly, pensioners and people with disabilities.

 

The Armenian Red Cross Society will also carry out awareness-raising activities throughout the country to protect from the virus and reduce the risk.

 

Specially trained volunteers will be involved in the abovementioned activities.

 

At this moment all the initiatives and processes below, undertaken on March 17-26, continue at the same pace and volume.

 

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Since the very first day of the State of Emergency, declared as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Armenian Red Cross Society, in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the RA, the Ministry of Healthcare, all regional administrations of the RA and Municipality of Yerevan, has been conducting the following activities:

 

  • The Psycho-social support centers of ARCS operate in emergency mode (addresses: 21/1 Paronyan ave., tel. +374 60 625069 (Yerevan), Isahakyan 28, +374 60 627070 (Yerevan), e-mail pss@redcross.am, Gavar Central Square, House of Culture 52, gegharkunikrb@redcross.am (Gavar), Myasnikyan 53, Chamber of Culture, tavushrb@redcross.am (Dilijan)) for responding to community concerns, providing advice and referring to relevant bodies.
  • In cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the RA, the ARCS, mobilizing all its volunteer potential, assists those in need of support, lonely elders, pensioners and people with disabilities in household matters, including shopping, charging cell phones, in order to limit the scope of their contacts, taking into consideration the fact that elder people and people with disabilities are more vulnerable to the infection.
  • ARCS volunteers are in online communication with citizens in isolation in Tsakhkadzor and Dilijan to find out their needs and hand over them to the competent bodies.
  • All ARCS care services continue to operate in the same manner. Under the framework of its ongoing projects, the ARCS distributes food and hygiene kits to 1400 people estimated for one and three months, depending on project capabilities.
  • For the moment, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the RA, food and hygiene items will be distributed to 108 people in critical conditions. The packages will be packed on the calculation of the minimum basket of per person, provided by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
  • With the additional funds of the ARCS, 800 more pensioners and lonely people from Syunik and Tavush regions will receive food and hygiene kits designed for one month. The distribution will take place in April of the following year.
  • ARCS is currently in the process of resource mobilization and, in case of success, another 7,000 beneficiaries - lonely elders, orphaned elders, pensioners and disabled - will receive food and hygiene kits in April.
  • At present, ARCS also arranges sorting, packaging and distribution of food donations for 1000 people, lonely pensioners living in Armavir and Shirak regions and homeless people in Yerevan.

The distribution is planned to start on March 27,2020. This process is also carried out in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.

In total, the ARCS will support 10,308 people with food and hygiene kits.


  • The ARCS cooperates with all regional administrations of the RA through a special staff established in the Headquarters and regional branches. Assistance is provided with the sorting, packaging and distribution of food and hygiene kits, as well as awareness raising and other activities. The activities are implemented based on the needs raised by the regional administrations.
  • The list of ARCS translators has been transmitted to the Ministry of Health of the RA, so that foreign hotline callers of the Ministry can be directed to the ARCS and have access to information in their languages.
  • By help of volunteers, leaflets were distributed to the population throughout the country (public transport stops, grocery stores and pharmacies, underground passages) to be protected against Coronavirus. Due to current restrictions on movement, the outreach process continues through leaflets that are distributed along with the delivery of nutrition and hygiene kits.
  • The ARCS has offered the Commandant's office the capabilities and willingness of the Center for Emergency Response and Coordination Center of Humanitarian Assistance to operate the facility's technical capabilities in the context of the pandemic.

 

The Center develops and operates emergency response scenarios. That is, there is an online management tool (soft) that allows you to have a summary / overview of the following:

1․ location of vulnerable groups mentioned by regions, cities, even communities,

2․ availability of prevention and response resources (human, material resources, etc.) (a database)

3․ the scope of emergency response activities and related functions as scenario outlined.

The ARCS Response Scenario has already been developed with the above-mentioned information.

  • ARCS disseminates awareness-raising materials and videos on online platforms about how to protect from Coronavirus.
  • The Armenian Red Cross Society has activated its "Tracing" service to support restoring family links. People who have lost contact with relatives in Armenia and abroad can apply through the special numbers on the ARCS website and Facebook page.

Volunteers wear safety masks and gloves provided by the ARCS for safety purposes.

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24.03.2020

 

Armenian Red Cross Society, as an auxiliary organization to the government in humanitarian field, appealed to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to raise funds to implement its humanitarian mission  in the situation of Covid-19 outbreak and support the most vulnerable.

 

100 000 CHF has been raised at the moment, and the following activities will be implemented:

  • 800 lonely elderly people from Syunik and Tavush regions will receive food and hygiene parcels (for 1 month).

 

  • Awareness raising activities among the population through the volunteers.

 

 


22.03.2020

In cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian Red Cross Society provides monthly and quarterly packages of food and hygiene items to 1400 beneficaries, including lonely and disabled elderly living in dormitores, bed ridden elderly and Syrian-Armenian refugees.


17.03.2020

In these days of the state of emergency declared as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, ARCS will provide the following services:


In cooperation with the RA Ministry of Health, Psycho-Social Support Centers of the Armenian Red Cross Society will operate in an emergency mode in following addresses: 21/1 Paronyan Street, tel. +374 60 625069, 28 Isahakyan, +374 60 627070, e-mail pss@redcross.am, Gavar Central Square, House of Culture 52, gegharkunikrb@redcross.am, Gegharkunik, Dilijan, Myasnikyan 53, Chamber of Culture,Tavush, tavushrb@redcross.am), where the ARCS psychologists will conduct volunteer recruitment, registration and guidance.


In cooperation with the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Armenian Red Cross Society, mobilizing all its volunteer potential, will assist the elderly and people with disabilities in household tasks, including shopping, to limit the scope of their contacts, taking into consideration, that the elderly and people with disabilities are more vulnerable to the infection.


The ARCS volunteers will communicate online with the citizens isolated in Tsakhkadzor and Dilijan to specify their needs and transfer the data to corresponding specialists.


All ARCS care services continue to operate in normal mode.


The list of translators of the Armenian Red Cross Society will  бе provided to the RA Ministry of Health, so that the foreigners calling to the hotlines can be directed to the Armenian Red Cross Society and have access to information in their languages.


Volunteers will distribute informative leaflets to protect the public against coronavirus in public areas throughout the country (stations, near grocery stores and pharmacies, undergrounds).


ARCS volunteers will share informative materials and videos online raising awareness of the measures of protection from coronavirus.


The volunteers will wear medical masks and gloves provided by the Armenian Red Cross Society for their own and the beneficiaries’ safety.