National Meetings 2008

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November 13, 2008. CTFA Third National Meeting

The Coalition for Tobacco Free Armenia convened its third national meeting on 13 November, 2008. The aim of the meeting was to facilitate public debate and advocate for continuing improvement of the tobacco control policy in Armenia.   More than forty representatives of partner NGO’s, invited guests, representatives of state health agencies, donor community and AUA students and faculty participated in the discussions about the future steps and strategies in “striving for excellence” to improve the effectiveness of tobacco control policy in Armenia. Dr. Lucig Danielian, Provost and Vice President of American University of Armenia, and Dr. Ara Babloyan, Chair of the Standing Committee on Health Care Issues at the RA National Assembly, welcomed the participants.

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Narine Movsisyan, Tobacco Control Programs Manager at CHSR/AUA, presented findings and policy recommendations based on the CHSR/AUA report on the “Analysis of Tobacco Control Policy in Armenia 2005-2007”, published with support from the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Armenia. [Arm] [Eng]

Two discussion sessions were held as a part of this meeting:

  • Future Strategies for Tobacco Control

The key speakers included Alexander Bazarchyan, WHO Focal Point on Tobacco Control; Anahit Muradyan from the Ministry of Education and Science; and Hovhannes Margaryants, President of the Armenian Public Health Union. Movses Aristakesyan, President of the NGO “Center for Economic Rights,” was the moderator of this session.

  • Evaluation of Targeted Health Programs in Armenia

Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Public Policy Expert and Deputy President of the NGO “Transparency International”; Zaruhi Mkrtchyan, Senior Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer of the Project NOVA; and Movses Aristakesyan participated in the second session.
Varduhi Petrosyan, Director of CHSR/AUA, as the moderator of this session closed the session with a discourse on the importance of incorporating all the lessons learned during the implementation of the State Tobacco Control Program for 2005-2009 when developing the Program for the next five years (2010-2015).