The spread of COVID-19 put the health emergency preparedness and the need to invest in the health system high on the government’s agenda. The pandemic also highlighted the challenge the underfunded health sector at large and financing for emergencies specifically. Health-related emergency prevention and control continued to be at the focus of UN in 2021. Importantly, the UN set to respond to the loss, pain, and disruption caused by the conflict in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. Primary health care, including mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS), were offered to more than 20,000 displaced people of all ages. Anahit was among those whose lives were touched by this programme. Her friend recalls how Anahit began to open up after she received UN’s help.

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“One of the most essential components in upbringing and health of our children is balanced nutrition. I am happy to witness the development of the School Feeding Programme in Armenia.”
Ruslan Kandaurov, General Consul of the Russian Federation in Gyumri, speaking of the UN’s programme