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October 28, 2005. Media Contest

The Armenian Public Health Alliance announced the results of the media contest for the best journalistic work about tobacco control issues in Armenia. The selections committee was comprised of professional journalists and representatives of the Alliance and the Ministry of Health.
The winners of the ArmPHA media contest-2005:
Anahit Haytayan, “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun”
Valeria Zakaryan , “Novoe Vremia”
Liana Stepanyan , “Respublica Armenia” ,
Aghavni Harutyunayn, “Azg”daily, Geghetsik Martirosyan, “Vanadzor” radio station
Certificates for attention to the anti-tobacco theme were awarded to “Hayastani Hanrapetutyin” and “Azg” daily newspapers.

October 15, 2005. Public Action at Cascade

The Armenian Public Health Alliance and the Coalition for Tobacco Free Armenia organized an open-air event at the center of Yerevan, near the Cascade. A puppet show) advocating for nonsmoking lifestyles took place with support from the Public Health Department of Bringham Young University (Provo, Utah).
Games and sports competitions were organized for the young participants of the events, mainly schoolchildren from Erebouni district of Yerevan. Children took home the brochures on passive smoking donated by the UMCOR Armenia and also funny prizes prepared by the Armenian Public Health Alliance with support of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation.

October 12, 2005. Letter to the President Kocharyan

The Coalition for Tobacco Free Armenia organized a press conference to publicize the letter to the President Kocharyan calling for the recognition of October 12, the day of the FCTC ratification by Armenia, as a National SmokeOut Day.
The preliminary results of the study conducted by the Center for Health Services Research and Development of the American University of Armenia were presented to journalists during the press conference.

October 12, 2005. The 1st Anniversary of the FCTC Ratification by the National Assembly

The Armenian Public Health Alliance organized a panel discussion “The Current State of Armenian Tobacco Control Legislation and Future Developments: a Year After”. The event was organized at the Business Center of the American University of Armenia with support from the Open Society Institute.
The panelists were:
Dr. Haroutune Armenian, President, American University of Armenia,
Dr. Ara Babloyan, General Director, “Arabkir” Medical Center & Institute for Child and Adolescent Health,
Ms. Larisa Alaverdyan, Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia
Dr. Lilit Avetisyan, Chief of Department, State SanEpiInspectorate
The discussion was facilitated by Mr. Hovannes Margaryants and Dr. Alexander Bazarchyan representing the Armenian Public Health Alliance.

A discussion of the event can be found in the article in the daily newspaper “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” [issue # 185, 13.10.2005]

August 15-26, 2005. Summer School on Tobacco Control

The Open Society Institute supported a training of the delegation from Armenia in the Summer School on Tobacco Control, Warsaw, Poland.
Trainees were:
Mr. Hovahnnes Margaryants, Advisor to Minister of Health, RoA
Mr. Vahe Jilavyan, Head of Department of Management of Obligations to the State Bubget of RoA
Dr. David Petrosyan, TV Journalists
Ms. Karine Movsisyan, President, Goris Youth Union NGO
Ms. Marietta Khurshudyan, 2nd year MPH student, American University of Armenia

May 31, 2005. Film Premiere

The premiere of the first Armenian documentary film on tobacco issues “Life Without Tobacco” on the National TV Channel (H1).
Shoghakat TV Company produced the film in cooperation with the Armenian Public Health Alliance expert team with financial support from the Open Society Institute.

May 31, 2005. Public Action

Representatives of the Human Health Fund and students from Bringham Young University organized a public event on Azatutyun Square. Students from Bringham Young University performed a mask show.

May 31, 2005. Round Table Discussion

On the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day, the Partnernship for Open Society organized a round-table discussion at Congress Hotel on “Contemporary Issues in Tobacco Control Policy in Armenia.
The panelists were:
Ms. Hranoush Hakobyan,Chair of Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Youth Affairs.
Mr. John Huges, Editor, ArmeniaNow
Mr. Azat Gasparyan, Honored Actor of the RoA
Dr. Alexander Bazarchyan, TCP Coordinator, MOH
Dr. Narine Movsisyan, ArmPHA Tobacco Control Policy Project Director
Dr. Gordon Lindsay, Bringham Young University.
The discussion was facilitated by Mr. Hovhannes Margaryants, President of the Armenian Public Health Union.

May 30, 2005. Public Discussion

Armenian Public Health Alliance organized a public discussion on tobacco control issues with junior medical students at the Yerevan State Medical University named after Heratsi.
Speakers were:
Prof. Albert Harutunyan, Chair of the Public Health Department
Prof. Michail Narimanyan, Chair of the Family Medicine Department
Dr. Alexandr Bazarchyan, Coordinator of State Tobacco Control Program, MOH
The film “Life without tobacco ” was demonstrated and the speakers answered the students’ questions.

April 4, 2005. Panel Discussion

Panel discussion on tobacco control issues with Yerevan high school students was organized by the Youth for Achievements and Jinishian Memorial Fund at the American University of Armenia. The film “Life Without Tobacco” was demonstrated and discussed with high school students.

January 19, 2005. Panel Discussion

A Panel Discussion on “Tobacco Control Policy in Armenia and International Experience” was held at the American University of Armenia with support from the Open Society Institute.
The panelists were:
Ms. Rachel Kaprielian, Representative, House of Representatives (MA), the author of Massachusetts anti-tobacco law
Ms. Hranush Hakobyan, Chair of the Standing committee on Science, Education, Culture and Youth Affairs, the author of Armenian anti-tobacco law
Mr. Mnatsakan Petrosyan, Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Health Care and Environment
Dr. Vladimir Davidyants, Chief Sanitary Doctor, RoA
Ms. Anahit Ordyan, Director of Administration, AUA.