Armenia

Armenia Inter-Agency Operational Update, 1- 30 April 2021

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▪ Coordination: The UN system in Armenia continues to operate with a coordination structure put in place under the lead of the Resident Coordinator’s Office and UNHCR to coordinate humanitarian efforts and maximize the efficiency of the response in Armenia to the crisis in Nagorno Karabakh (NK).

▪ Protection: Daily monitoring of people departing from Yerevan to Stepanakert is ongoing since 14 November 2020. Twenty-three key informant interviews were conducted at the departure point in Yerevan in April. According to UNHCR’s departure monitoring as of end of March, an estimated 29,265 individuals travelled to NK since mid-November, but the nature and sustainability of these returns are yet to be determined. The departure monitoring has identified certain gaps in the way departures are organized, and UNHCR continued its dialogue with the authorities to address them.

▪ Education: Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization covered the tuition fees of 97 scholarships to universities for displaced students. ▪ Shelter and NFI: People in Need distributed hygiene kits to 2,600 families, blankets for 2,554 families, and wood for heating to 500 families; and IOM distributed hygiene kits to 2,300 individuals.

▪ Cash: In April ICRC, through Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), disbursed cash payments to 2,585 host families who host 12,544 displaced adults. Save the Children in collaboration with Mission Armenia supported 273 displaced beneficiaries with focus on families with more than 3 children in Yerevan, Kotayk, and Ararat.

▪ Food Security and Nutrition: 13,155 people were reached with food assistance under a cash programme by WFP, and 104 caregivers were assisted by Action Against Hunger with nutrition assistance. The monthly ration provided by WFP is 24 USD for a period of 4 months (totaling 96 USD). This will be disbursed in three instalments – in April, May and June.

▪ Health: 39 visits to communities were carried out during the month of April; 2,106 people received mobile clinic assistance; 45 blood tests were done at Izmirlian Hospital; 785 individuals were referred to different specialists for further treatment; and 51 people were referred to the Seda Ghazarian Mental Health Foundation for treatment.

▪ Early Recovery: A needs assessment was completed among 1,300 war veterans for physical and psycho-social rehabilitation and completed procurement of prosthesis equipment, tools and materials in April. The procured tools and materials have already been delivered for further handover to the newly established Prosthesis Centre in Yerevan. UNDP also initiated the set up and construction of the “Psychosocial Rehabilitation Centre for servicepersons and Victims of War” in Yerevan.