HADRUT, Artsakh ‒ The Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute), AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), celebrated World Sight Day 2018 in Hadrut, Artsakh, providing eye screenings to family members of deceased freedom fighters and fallen soldiers, as well as disabled freedom fighters and disabled soldiers and their family members.
World Sight Day (WSD) is a global event held on the second Thursday of October each year. It aims at bringing attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year, the WSD theme was “Eye Care Everywhere.”
The Meghrigian Institute organized World Sight Day 2018 in Hadrut with the assistance of the “Goyamart” National Charitable Union and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Artsakh. The event aimed to decrease visual impairment among the target population through comprehensive ophthalmic examination and distribution of spectacles and medication to those in need.
In Hadrut, the staff of the Meghrigian Institute carried out 362 eye screenings. Among those screened, 294 were family members of deceased freedom fighters and fallen soldiers or disabled freedom fighters and disabled soldiers and 68 others with limited access to medical care. Following screening, the Meghrigian Institute distributed 330 spectacles to those who were diagnosed with refractive errors and provided medication to 78 people diagnosed with eye diseases. Those with eye conditions requiring hospital care were referred to specialized centers for advanced care.
The Meghrigian Institute implements similar projects throughout the year in Yerevan and provinces of the Republic of Armenia.
The AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.