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Armenian Red Cross Society activities in response to Covid-19 Pandemic

Armenian Red Cross Society activities in response to Covid-19 Pandemic

30.06.2020
 Armenian Red Cross Society  activities  in response to Covid-19 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 governing bodies and the people.


03․06․2020

 

The Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), as an auxiliary organization to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and the largest voluntary organization in the country, has a network of 11 regional, one territorial and 52 community branches, experienced and committed staff and over 3,000 volunteers. Armenian Red Cross is an auxiliary organization to the public authorities in the COVID-19 response covering the whole country.

ARCS is part of the national response mechanism which is set up under the auspices of the Deputy Prime Minister of the country. From the very first days of the State of Emergency, the ARCS has been implementing activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in collaboration and coordination with the Commandant’s office, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, all the Administrative Regions of Armenia and the Yerevan Municipality.

For quick and efficient response, ARCS urgently developed short -term, mid-term and long-term response plans, initiated local and international resource mobilization, mobilized and trained 1500 volunteers.

ARCS response was developed based on the Stepanavan branch’s “Emergency Situations Response and Humanitarian works coordination” center capacities. The technical base of the Center allows to implement comprehensive disaster risk research and develop quick and efficient response scenarios.

Immidietly after the announcement of Covid-19 pandemic, the disaster scenarios and necessary response plans were developed, Armenian Red Cross capacities in whole the area of the country was mapped – number of volunteers, transport and communication, warehouses and beneficiaries in need, the primary actions of the volunteers in emergency situation have been clarified, etc..

 

Humanitarian assistance

 

Armenian Red Cross Society, with the help of volunteers, provided food and non-food support to 19 828 most vulnerable people. Humanitarian aid packages are delivered to the beneficiaries' homes by the volunteers of the Armenian Red Cross Society, to protect them from the virus. The assistance in continuous.  

 

The beneficiaries are: lonely and childless elderly people, people with disabilities, Syrian Armenians, graduates of orphanages, care homes beneficiaries, self-isolated people by instruction, families of Missing persons, mine victims, multi-children and vulnerable families.

The list of people receiving humanitarian assistance is provided by the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

 

In April-May Armenian Red Cross Society has been supporting around 20,000 vulnerable people across the country with basic food and hygiene supply, in line with the standards for one-month minimum for grocery and protective measures set by the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, having access to 792 from 925 urban and rural communities.  


                               

Psycho-Social Support Centers and Hot lines

ARCS 2 Psycho-social support centers operate in an emergency mode, in cooperation with the MoH and MoLSA, in Yerevan, capital city, from where ARCS psychologists provide psycho-social support services to anxious citizens, incluing isolated people.

Between 16 March and 19 May, 7 PSS officers and staff responded to 9005 calls from Yerevan and regions, from which 70 percent applied for psycho – social support, 26 percent – for merely psychological support, and 4 percent were information inquiries.

ARCS Hotline numbers are: +374 60 625069 և +374 60 627070։

 

Contacts with the population and their feedback provides an opportunity to identify people in difficult situations, identify their needs, arrange volunteers visits, help the elderly and people with disabilities in household, including shopping. During this time the volunteers visited and helped about 470 people.

 

 

Risk Communication and Awareness Raising

 

All risk communication materials and community engagement strategies consider issues of domestic violence, child protection, working with people with disabilities, working with migrants and capturing myths and misinformation to further adjust risk communication approaches. Volunteers are being trained in these areas. Partners and Donors of Armenian Red Cross Society

The content of the materials has been developed based on the recommendations of the IFRC and WHO.

Information materials are being provided to the beneficiaries with the humanitarian aid parcels, as well as to regional administration and local self-government bodies, partner organizations.

About 57 000 people have been distributed with awareness materials since 16 March.

 

Home Care Service

In the days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Home care service of the Armenian Red Cross Society has been operating in the same mode.

100 people elderly and disabled people received home care services in Lori region in March, 99 in April,  and 104 in May, in Gyumri region, 100 beneficiaries received care in March and 104 in April.

In 2020, the home care model has been introduced in Vayots Dzor region, where, based on the assessment carried out in cooperation with local self-government bodies, 30 beneficiaries have been chosen, to be involved in the project in the future.

258 beneficiaries from all three regions received food and hygiene parcels.  

 

 

Gyumi 24-hour Care Center


Starting from 1 May, Armenian Red Cross Society took over the management of the Gyumi 24-hour Care Center, and from that date, 24-hour shift was set up for the raising of the service quality, and now all the 6 blocks of the Center have full time caregivers.  

 

On 14 May, to prevent the frequent entering and leaving of the building by the beneficiaries in the situation of Covid-19 pandemic, with the support of Shirak regional administration and Gyumri medical center, in Gyumi 24-hour Care Center, 42 consultations, 11 electrocardiograms and 10 eye examinations were conducted by orthopedist, ophthalmologist and cardiologist,

 From 21 May, due to the tense situation related to the pandemic, the Center passed to closed regime. 6 caregivers, 2 nurses, 2 waitresses, cook and boiler house responsible are on duty for 24 hours.

 

 The staff and beneficiaries of the Center were tested in May and have negative results for Covid-19.

The beneficiaries have been in isolation since 16 March.  From the very first day ARCS volunteers Armenian Red Cross Society volunteers have been disinfecting the Center weekly, all the staff and beneficiaries are provided with the necessary protective measures.  

 

                            

 

Refugees, asylum seekers and individuals in a refugee-like situation

 

In the days of the Covid-19 pandemic, support to refugees, asylum seekers and individuals in a refugee-like situation have been provided in online mode, to prevent the gatherings in the ARCS office.

Commandants decisions and information materials about prevention

During this time, Commandants decisions and leaflets on protection against infection were translated into eight languages.

Individual psychological counseling was continued online with all beneficiaries. Courses were organized remotely.

In the framework of the current programs, the support of the house rent compensation package provided to the beneficiaries and the food package were appropriate and extremely necessary due to the situation.

The most vulnerable beneficiaries were included in the Covid-19 pandemic response program as needed, receiving food and psycho-social services.

70 asylum seekers and refugees living in Armenia received food packages in May.

 

Supporting  households in the field of cattle-raising


ARCS has an opportunity to support 3 households in the field of cattle-raising

In the frames of its current projects, ensuring long-term self – sufficient activities.

 

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To respond to the worsening social conditions of the vulnerable people as a result of the pandemic, ARCS actively continues local and international resource mobilization.

 

For further response, the Armenian Red Cross has planned number of programs and applied for its partners, which, once approved, will enable the ARCS to implement short-term (urgent), medium-term and long-term response activities, in the following directions:

• Humanitarian assistance - food and hygiene supplies to about 16,000 people

• Psychological support through psychological centers and hotlines

• Housing support for about 2,800 people (3-6 months)

• Cash support for winter clothing and footwear for about 2,000 people

• Provision of educational tablets for about 1000 children

• Winter utility support for about 2,000 families

• Development of community and households through support to agriculture and cattle-raising of about 720 households

• Raising awareness of the population in the whole territory of the Republic of Armenia to resist and protect themselves from the epidemic.

 

Partners and Donors of Armenian Red Cross Society

 

We thank all our local and international partners:

IFRC, ICRC, Danish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, USAID, HSBC Armenia, Izmirlyan foundation and the European Union.

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 “My Step” Foundation, “Milko” (CJSC), “ Sevani Ishkhan” (CJSC), “Sonanush” (LLC), “Green Farmer” (LLC), “Eco Fresh mushrooms” (LLC), “Ingo Armenia” (LLC), “Agro Trade” (LLC), “Golden Baker”, “Royal - Armenia”, “Smogsoyoiz” LLC, X Group, “Bayazed” (LLC), “Refruit” (LLC), Araks Poultry factory, Refruit (LTD), Carrefour Armenia, Electric networks of Armenia, GAT cutting.

 




19.05.2020


The Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), as an auxiliary organization to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and the largest voluntary organization in the country, has a network of 11 regional, one territorial and 52 community branches, over 60 experienced and committed staff and over 3,000 volunteers. Armenian Red Cross is the main and the largest humanitarian partner of the public authorities in the COVID-19 response covering the whole country.

 

ARCS is part of the national response mechanism which is set up under the auspices of the Deputy Prime Minister of the country. From the very first days of the State of Emergency, the ARCS has been implementing activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in collaboration and coordination with the Commandant’s office, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, all the Administrative Regions of Armenia and the Yerevan Municipality.

 

 

 Food and hygiene parcels for the most vulnerable groups of population

 

The Armenian Red Cross mobilised and trained some 1,500 volunteers who together and under close supervision and support from ARCS staff provided food and non-food support to 17241 most vulnerable people, including older people and people with disabilities who are prone to severe illness and death from COVID-19 in order to ‘shield’ them from risks of contracting the virus.

 

The beneficiaries are: lonely and childless elderly people, people with disabilities, Syrian Armenians, graduates of orphanages, care homes beneficiaries, self-isolated people by instruction, families of Missing persons, mine victims, vulnerable families.


The list of people who receive humanitarian assistance is provided and closely coordinated with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

 

Humanitarian aid packages are delivered to the beneficiaries' homes by the volunteers of the Armenian Red Cross Society.


In April-May Armenian Red Cross Society has been supporting around 20,000 vulnerable people across the country with basic food and hygiene supply, in line with the standards set by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.


                   



Phyco-social support centers and Hot lines

 

ARCS Psycho-social support centres operate in an emergency mode, in cooperation with the MoH and MoLSA, in four locations of Armenia: two in Yerevan, capital city, one in Tavush region, city of Dilijan, another one in Gegharquniq regions, city of Gavar, where ARCS psychologists provide psycho-social support services to anxious citizens, including isolated people.

Between 16 March and 19 May, 7 PSS officers and staff responded to 7758 calls.

 Contacts with the population and their feedback provides an opportunity to identify people in difficult situations, identify their needs, arrange volunteers visits, help the elderly and people with disabilities in household, including shopping. During this time the volunteers visited and helped about 300 people.


ARCS Hotline numbers are: +374 60 625069 և +374 60 627070։

 

 

Risk Communication and Awareness Raising

 

All risk communication materials and community engagement strategies consider issues of domestic violence, child protection, working with people with disabilities, working with migrants and capturing myths and misinformation to further adjust risk communication approaches. Volunteers are being trained in these areas. Partners and Donors of Armenian Red Cross Society

The content of the materials has been developed based on the recommendations of the IFRC and WHO.

Information materials are being provided to the beneficiaries with the humanitarian aid parcels. As well as to regional administration and local self-government bodies, partner organizations.

About 30 000 awareness materials have been distributed since  16 March.

 

Home Care Service


In the days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Home care service of the Armenian Red Cross Society has been operating in the same mode.

100 people elderly and disabled people received home care services in Lori region in March, and 99 in April. In Gyumri region, 100 beneficiaries received care in March and 104 in April.

In 2020, the home care model has been introduced in Vayots Dzor region, where, based on the assessment carried out in cooperation with local self-government bodies, 30 beneficiaries have been chosen, to be involved in the project in the future.

 

Gyumi 24-hour Care Center


Starting from 1 May, Armenian Red Cross Society took over the management of the Gyumi 24-hour Care Center.

 From the very first day ARCS volunteers Armenian Red Cross Society volunteers disinfect the Gyumri Nurse Home weekly, to avoid the spread of the virus.

 On 15 May, with the support of Shirak regional administration and Gyumri medical center, in Gyumi 24-hour Care Center, 42 consultations, 11 electrocardiograms and 10 eye examinations were conducted by orthopedist, ophthalmologist and cardiologist.

 

Refugees, asylum seekers and individuals in a refugee-like situation

 

In the days of the Covid-19 pandemic, support to refugees, asylum seekers and individuals in a refugee-like situation have been provided in online mode, to prevent the gatherings in the ARCS office.

During this time, Commandants decisions and leaflets on protection against infection were translated into eight languages.

Individual psychological counseling was continued online with all beneficiaries. Courses were organized remotely.

In the framework of the current programs, the support of the house rent compensation package provided to the beneficiaries and the food package were appropriate and extremely necessary due to the situation.

The most vulnerable beneficiaries were included in the Covid-19 pandemic response program as needed, receiving food and psycho-social services.

All asylum seekers living in Armenia will receive food packages in May.

 

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On 19 of May, H.E. Ms Lynne Tracy, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to the Republic of Armenia and Dr. Anna Yeghiazaryan, ARCS Secretary General, visited the Armenian Red Cross Society’s warehouse where the humanitarian aid packages comprising food and hygiene supplies are being sorted out, packed and dispatched to the vulnerable people by the volunteers. With the support of the USAID, the Armenian Red Cross Society provides social support to 8022 vulnerable people in all the regions of Armenia.

 

                         

 

Partners and Donors of Armenian Red Cross Society

 

To respond to the worsening social conditions of the vulnerable people as a result of the pandemic, ARCS actively implements local and international resource mobilization.

 

We thank all our local and international partners:

IFRC, ICRC, Danish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, USAID, HSBC Armenia and the European Union.

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 “Milko” (CJSC), “ Sevani Ishkhan” (CJSC), “Sonanush” (LLC), “Green Farmer” (LLC), “Eco Fresh mushrooms” (LLC), “Ingo Armenia” (LLC), “Agro Trade” (LLC), “Golden Baker”, “Royal - Armenia”, “Smogsoyoiz” LLC, X Group, “Bayazed” (LLC), “Refruit” (LLC), Araks Poultry factory, Refruit (LTD), Carrefour Armenia, Electric networks of Armenia, GAT cutting.

 


06.05.2020


The Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), as an auxiliary organization to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and the largest voluntary organization in the country, has a network of 11 regional, one territorial and 52 community branches, over 60 experienced and committed staff and over 3,000 volunteers. Armenian Red Cross is the main and the largest humanitarian partner of the public authorities in the COVID-19 response covering the whole country.

 

ARCS is part of the national response mechanism which is set up under the auspices of the Deputy Prime Minister of the country. From the very first days of the State of Emergency, the ARCS has been implementing activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in collaboration and coordination with the Commandant’s office, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, all the Administrative Regions of Armenia and the Yerevan Municipality.

 

Gyumri 24 hour day-care centre was opened in Shirak region on 1st of May under the fully management of the Armenian Red Cross Society in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

 

April-May will see Armenian Red Cross Society supporting 15,000 vulnerable people across the country with basic food and hygiene supply, in line with the standards set by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

The Armenian Red Cross mobilised and trained some 1,500 volunteers who together and under close supervision and support from ARCS staff provided food and non-food support to 8,711 most vulnerable people, including older people and people with disabilities who are prone to severe illness and death from COVID-19 in order to ‘shield’ them from risks of contracting the virus. The list of people who receive humanitarian assistance is provided and closely coordinated with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.



                       



ARCS Psycho-social support centres operate in an emergency mode, in cooperation with the MoH and MoLSA, in four locations of Armenia: two in Yerevan, capital city, one in Tavush region, city of Dilijan, another one in Gegharquniq regions, city of Gavar, where ARCS psychologists provide psycho-social support services to anxious citizens and also conduct volunteer recruitment, registration and provide guidance. The centres allow to identify people in difficult situation, establish their needs and assign volunteers to help with some households needs, including with shopping to lonely older people and people with disabilities. Between 16 March and 04 May April, 7 PSS officers and staff responded to 5,439 calls and helped with 279 home visits by volunteers.

 

Armenian RC continues to operate hotlines for people who are on isolation and provides referrals and direct services that are within its response plan. Between 27 March and 14 April 148 people in isolation received direct food and non-food support․

 

 

On 1 of May, the EU Armenia delegation Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin visited the Armenian Red Cross Society’s warehouse where the humanitarian aid packages comprising food and hygiene supplies are being sorted out, packed and dispatched to the vulnerable people by the volunteers. With the support of the European Union, the Armenian Red Cross Society provides social support to 1,485 vulnerable people in Shirak region.

 

All risk communication materials and community engagement strategies consider issues of domestic violence, child protection, working with people with disabilities, working with migrants and capturing myths and misinformation to further adjust risk communication approaches. Volunteers are being trained in these areas.

 

                                        

 

Partners and Donors of Armenian Red Cross Society


To respond to the worsening social conditions of the vulnerable people as a result of the pandemic, ARCS actively implements local and international resource mobilization.

Armenian Red Cross expresses its appreciation to the national businesses for their generous donation: The donors are “Milko” (CJSC), “ Sevani Ishkhan” (CJSC), “Sonanush” (LLC), “Green Farmer” (LLC), “Eco Fresh mushrooms” (LLC), “Ingo Armenia” (LLC), “Agro Trade” (LLC), “Golden Baker”, “Royal - Armenia”, “Smogsoyoiz” LLC, X Group, “Bayazed” (LLC), “Refruit” (LLC), Araks Poultry factory, Refruit (LTD), Carrefour Armenia, Electric networks of Armenia, GAT cutting.

Armenian Red Cross is supported technically and financially in the planning, implementation and management of COVID-19 response by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. With support from ICRC the ARCS volunteers and staff involved in the response across the country received personal protective items such as 15,000 masks, 15,000 gloves and 800 liters of hand cleansing liquid.

ARCS expresses its deep appreciation for the financial support from the Danish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, USAID, HSBC Armenia and the European Union.



28.04.2020


The Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), with a network of 11 regional, one territorial and 52 community branches, over 60 experienced and committed staff and over 3,000 volunteers, is the main and the largest humanitarian partner of the public authorities in the COVID-19 response covering the whole country.

 

ARCS is part of the national response mechanism which is set up under the auspices of the Deputy Prime Minister of the country. From the very first days of the State of Emergency, the ARCS has been implementing activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in collaboration and coordination with the Commandant’s office, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, all the Administrative Regions of Armenia and the Yerevan Municipality.

 

All ARCS care services continue to operate in the same mode, humanitarian assistance is being provided to lonely older people, people with disabilities and refugees in the frames of ongoing projects. On 1st of May, 24-hour care center will be opened in Gyumri, Shirak.

 

                                        



April-May will see Armenian Red Cross Society supporting 15,000 vulnerable people across the country with basic food and hygiene supply, in line with the standards set by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

 

The Armenian Red Cross mobilized and trained some 1,500 volunteers, who together and under close supervision and support from ARCS staff provided food and non-food support to 7,127 most vulnerable people who are prone to severe illness and death from COVID-19 in order to ‘shield’ them from risks of contracting the virus. The list of people who receive humanitarian assistance is provided and closely coordinated with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

 

ARCS Psycho-social support centers operate in an emergency mode, in cooperation with the MoH and MoLSA, in four locations of Armenia: two in Yerevan, capital city, one in Tavush region, city of Dilijan, another one in Gegharkunik regions, city of Gavar, where ARCS psychologists provide psycho-social support services to anxious citizens and also conduct volunteer recruitment, registration and provide guidance. The centers allow to identify people in difficult situation, establish their needs and assign volunteers to help with some households needs, including with shopping to lonely older people and people with disabilities. Between 16 March and 27 April, 7 PSS officers and staff responded to 4,408 calls—which is an increase by 1,689 calls in just one week—and helped with 200 home visits by volunteers.

 

Armenian RC continues to operate hotlines for people who are on isolation and provides referrals and direct services that are within its response plan. Between 27 March and 14 April 148 people in isolation received direct food and non-food support from Armenian Red Cross and 117 calls were processed by 27th April (50% increase in one week) including for referrals to other relevant organizations and agencies.

All risk communication materials and community engagement strategies consider issues of domestic violence, child protection, working with people with disabilities, working with migrants and capturing myths and misinformation to further adjust risk communication approaches. Volunteers are being trained in these areas.

 

 

                                    

 

Partners and Donors of Armenian Red Cross Society


To respond to the worsening social conditions of the vulnerable people as a result of the pandemic, ARCS actively implements local and international resource mobilization.

Armenian Red Cross expresses its appreciation to the national businesses for their generous donation: The donors are “Milko” (CJSC), “ Sevani Ishkhan” (CJSC), “Sonanush” (LLC), “Green Farmer” (LLC), “Eco Fresh mushrooms” (LLC), “Ingo Armenia” (LLC), “Agro Trade” (LLC), “Golden Baker”, “Royal - Armenia”, “Smogsoyoiz” LLC, X Group, “Bayazed” (LLC), “Refruit” (LLC), Araks Poultry factory, Refruit (LTD), Carrefour Armenia, Electric networks of Armenia, GAT cutting.

Armenian Red Cross is supported technically and financially in the planning, implementation and management of COVID-19 response by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. With support from ICRC the ARCS volunteers and staff involved in the response across the country received personal protective items such as 15,000 masks, 15,000 gloves and 800 liters of hand cleansing liquid.

ARCS express its deep appreciation for the financial support from the Danish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, USAID, HSBC and the European Union.



21.04.2020

 

 

From the very first day of the State of emergency declared as a result of  COVID-19 pandemic, the ARCS has been implementing activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in collaboration and coordination with the Commandant's office, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, all the Administrative Regions of Armenia and the Yerevan Municipality. 

 ARCS Psycho-social support centers operate in emergency mode, based on the needs the volunteers visit lonely elderly and disabled people to help in households, including helping in daily shopping.

 All ARCS care services continue to operate in the same mode, humanitarian assistance is being provided to lonely elderly, disabled people and refugees in the frames of ongoing projects.

 

Armenian Red Cross Society volunteers disinfect the Gyumri Nurse Home weekly, to avoid the spread of the virus.

 

Between 27 March and 14 April, 7 PSS officers and staff responded to 2719 calls anc helped with 123 home visits by volunteers. 

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Taking into consideration the worsening social conditions of the vulnerable groups as a result of pandemic, ARCS actively implements local and international resource mobilization.

As a result, in April-May, Armenian Red Cross Society will support 11,050 people in all over of the country, by basic food and protective measures basket, defined by the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Beneficiaries are childless lonely pensioners, people with disabilities and vulnerable families.

 

From 27 March to 21 April, the Armenian Red Cross Society sorted out, packed and distributed food donations to 3232 beneficiaries of the mentioned groups in total, as well as to 146 self-isolated people by instruction, and to 136 cases as a response to hot line.

Till the 21 April, Humanitarian assistance have been provided to vulnerable groups of population in Yerevan, Ararat, Armavir, Lori, Shirak and Syunik regions.

 

 

The mentioned assistance is provided thanks to our partners: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Danish Red Cross, the US Government and the European Union.

 

 

The local donors are "Milko" (CJSC), " Sevani Ishkhan" (CJSC), "Sonanush" (LLC), "Green Farmer" (LLC), "Eco Fresh mushrooms" (LLC), "Ingo Armenia" (LLC), "Agro Trade" (LLC), "Golden Baker", "Royal - Armenia", "Smogsoyoiz" LLC, X Group, “Bayazed” (LLC), “Refruit” (LLC), Araks Poultry factory, GAT Cutting Outdoors Company, Armenian Electric Networks.

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The humanitarian assistance is provided based on the lists of beneficiaries provided by the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. 

 

           



12.04.2020


From the very first day of the State of emergency declared as a result of  COVID-19 pandemic, the ARCS has been implementing activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in collaboration and coordination with the Commandant's office, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, all the Administrative Regions of Armenia and the Yerevan Municipality. 

 ARCS Psycho-social support centers operate in emergency mode, based on the needs the volunteers visit lonely elderly and disabled people to help in households, including helping in daily shopping.

 All ARCS care services continue to operate in the same mode, humanitarian assistance is being provided to lonely elderly, disabled people and refugees in the frames of ongoing projects.

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Taking into consideration the worsening social conditions of the vulnerable groups as a result of pandemic, ARCS actively implements local and international resource mobilization.

As a result, in April-May, Armenian Red Cross Society will support 11,050 people in all over of the country, by basic food and protective measures basket, defined by the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Beneficiaries will be childless lonely pensioners and people with disabilities.

 

The mentioned assistance will be provided thanks to our partners: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Danish Red Cross, the US Government and the European Union.

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From March 27 to April 12, the Armenian Red Cross Society sorted out, packed and distributed food donations to 2309 beneficiaries in total, in cooperation with the RA Government, particularly the Prime Minister's Office and the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Beneficiaries in Armavir, Shirak, Lori regions and Yerevan, lonely elderly, disabled people, orphanage graduates, people living in nurse houses and the homeless people received food packages. 

The donors are "Milko" (CJSC), " Sevani Ishkhan" (CJSC), "Sonanush" (LLC), "Green Farmer" (LLC), "Eco Fresh mushrooms" (LLC), "Ingo Armenia" (LLC), "Agro Trade" (LLC), "Golden Baker", "Royal - Armenia", "Smogsoyoiz" LLC, X Group, “Bayazed” (LLC), “Refruit” (LLC), Araks Poultry factory.

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On 7-10 april, in cooperation with the “My Step” Foundation, food and protective measures parcels purchased by the Foundation were distributed to 313 elderly people and people with disabilities in Aragatsotn region.

 

The humanitarian assistance is provided based on the lists of beneficiaries provided by the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. 

 




07.04.2020

 

From the very first day of the State of emergency declared as a result of  Covid-19 pandemic, the ARCS has been implementing activities in response to the needs of vulnerable groups in collaboration and  coordination with the Commandant's office, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, all the Administrative Regions of Armenia and the Yerevan Municipality. 

 

ARCS Psycho-social support centers operate in emergency mode, based on the needs the volunteers visit lonely elderly and disabled people to help in households, including helping in daily shopping.

 

All ARCS care services continue to operate in the same mode, humanitarian assistance is being provided to lonely elderly, disabled people and refugees.

 

Armenian Red Cross Society volunteers disinfect the Gyumri Nurse Home weekly, to avoid the spread of the virus.

 

Taking into consideration the worsening social conditions of the vulnerable groups as a result of pandemic, ARCS actively implements local and international resource mobilization.

As a result, in April-May, Armenian Red Cross Society will support 11,050 people in all over of the country,  by basic  food and protective measures basket, defined by the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Beneficiaries will be childless lonely pensioners and people with disabilities.

 

From March 27 to April 5, the Armenian Red Cross Society sorted out, packed and distributed food donations in cooperation with the RA Government, particularly the Prime Minister's Office and the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

 

1027 beneficiaries In Armavir, Shirak, Lori regions and Yerevan, lonely elderly, disabled people, orphanage graduates and the homeless people received food packages.

 

The donors are "Milko" (CJSC), " Sevani Ishkhan" (CJSC), "Sonanush" (LLC), "Green Farmer" (LLC), "Eco Fresh mushrooms" (LLC), "Ingo Armenia" (LLC), "Agro Trade" (LLC), "Golden Baker", "Royal - Armenia", "Smogsoyoiz" LLC,

 

On 7-10 april, in cooperation with the “My Step” Foundation, food and protective measures parcels purchased by the Foundation were distributed to 351 elderly people and people with disabilities in Aragatsotn region.

 

The humanitarian assistance is provided based on the lists of beneficiaries provided by the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. 

 

All these activities are being implemented thanks to our partners: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Danish Red Cross, the US Government and the European Union.

 

                

 

 

06.04.2020

 

Coօperation with My Step Foundation

 

The My Step Foundation, guided by the principle of social responsibility and the need to urgently support groups at risk of Covid -19, had decided to join its efforts and resources with the Armenian Red Cross Society. The efforts of the two organizations, combined with Commandant's office, are aimed at supporting vulnerable groups during this state of emergency.

 

On 7-10 April, food and protection measures set by the Ministry of Labor and Social  Affairs will be provided to 351 single elderly, disabled and vulnerable people in the Aragatsotn region, through volunteers from the Armenian Red Cross and 70 from the Social Security Territorial Division. The list of beneficiaries was provided by Aragatsotn Administrative Region.

 

In order to encourage economic activity in the communities, all the packages were purchased from local businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 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.




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