YEREVAN, Armenia ‒ From April to July 2018, the Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) of the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) conducted its annual eye screening program among socially vulnerable children and children with hearing disorders.
The staff of the Meghrigian Institute visited several institutions: the Yerevan Special Educational Complex for Children with Hearing Disorders which serves 129 children, the Child and Family Support Center which has 89 beneficiaries, and the Achapnyak Social Care Center which serves 110 children.
Overall, 253 children and 59 family members from the selected centers were screened. Thirty four children, diagnosed with refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, received spectacles and five children, diagnosed with eye diseases, received medical assistance from the Meghrigian Institute.
Later this year, Meghrigian Institute plans to visit the Nikoghayos Tigranyan Special School N 14 for Children with Visual Impairments in Yerevan.
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.