29-Sep-2023 00:03:11
The UN team in Armenia, led by the acting Resident Coordinator Nanna Skau, is working with the Government of Armenia to support the rapidly rising influx of refugees across the border. WHO
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1. Various shots, WHO/Europe Special Envoy Robb Butler meets with Nare Ghazaryan, Deputy Governor of Syunik region, Armenia
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Robb Butler, Special Envoy, WHO/Europe:
“We’ve just arrived in Goris. Clearly, huge needs here. They’re absolutely immense, but the solidarity and support is incredible. Behind us we have registration, there are men, women, children, elderly, lined up to register in the building behind me. Over to my right we have water supplies, we have food being handed out, we have clothing in tents. The civil society organisations are here in force and support the authorities. We are about to meet the governor to understand what the needs are. But of course, WHO is standing ready to support however we can.”
3. Various shots, Ethnic Armenian refugees camping out in Goris
4. Various shots, Robb Butler, WHO/Europe Special Envoy and WHO Armenia Country Office staff meet with David Mashuryan, Director, Goris Medical Center
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Robb Butler, Special Envoy, WHO/Europe:
“I’ve just met the Director of Goris Medical Center. Here he’s expressed his incredible pride of the resilience of his workforce. There are 70 to 80 healthcare workers, in this particular centre, they are dealing with are dealing with up to eighty thousand new population in Goris in over the last just 4 days. He has expressed to us issues that he’s seeing frequently: malnutrition, seeing hypertension. Immunization: there is a big question on immunization, we don’t have immunization status on many of the refugees. The Armenian authorities, Ministry of Health and the hospital here, are working very hard around the clock to map out the needs in terms of what an accelerated or amplified immunisation effort would mean. “
6. Various shots, on the road to and in Goris.
The UN team in Armenia, led by the acting Resident Coordinator Nanna Skau, is working with the Government of Armenia to support the rapidly rising influx of refugees across the border. According to the latest official figures from the government there are about 93,000 men, women and children who have crossed into Armenia.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) noted that refugees are mainly arriving in the Syunik region of Southern Armenia. UNHCR pointed out that an inter-agency response plan is being finalized, to be followed by a joint financial appeal.

UNHCR teams have been on the ground, at the border since day one when the first groups of refugees arrived exhausted, frightened and apprehensive about the future. UNHCR is working with the Government on technical equipment, including laptops, tablets and other items to facilitate the registration of people.

WFP is also very much present on the ground with food and hot meals and the UN Children’s Fund has established a safe space in the southeastern town of Goris, serving nearly 300 children every day along with their parents, backed by a humanitarian hub. UNICEF also provided health authorities with essential medicine and supplies for children.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is supporting thousands of women in transit centres in the southeastern regions of Syunik and Vayots Dzor with 8,000 dignity kits, including drinking water, sanitary pads, soap, and more. Supporting health authorities, our UN team has now distributed 150,000 health kits to support the current number of refugees along with their host communities.

The World Food Programme (WFP) placed two mobile warehouses in Goris for non-food items storage and a mobile kitchen serving up to 3,000 people every day. WFP has also delivered 4,000 food parcels to support 16,000 people in need in the Syunik area.

Along with WHO, UNICEF and the UN Development Programme, they are preparing to launch a psychosocial support scheme to cover the needs of over 12,000 refugees.

The UN is on standby and in constant contact with the Government to see how the Organization can increase and scale up what it is already doing on the ground.
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