Armenia: Emergency Preparedness & Response
Since the outbreak of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, People in Need (PIN) has been supporting thousands of people fleeing the violence and crossing into Armenia.
The conflict in Nagorno Karabakh has triggered large population displacement to Armenia. The majority of the displaced stayed in host families or collective shelters, such as kindergartens, that are ill-adapted for long-term stays due to poor hygiene and inadequate or insufficient facilities. This population influx raises serious epidemiological concerns, as poor hygiene and overcrowding in host communities and collective shelters are the ideal conditions for COVID-19 transmission. This crisis is furthered as Armenian citizens are struggling with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Multi-sectoral emergency assistance to vulnerable populations affected by the conflict in Armenia
Using an integrated Shelter, Health, and Wash response, the project is focused on:
- Enhancing access to safe and winterized shelter for the most vulnerable, displaced populations;
• Ensuring that the most vulnerable populations affected by the conflict are able to practice basic hygiene and infection prevention behaviors.
Rapid response to urgent hygiene needs of conflict-affected populations in Armenia
The hygiene kits include more than two dozen items in different quantities for COVID-19 prevention, self-care and house/shelter cleaning: there will be family kits for general usage and additional individual packages for children, women and seniors.
PIN will also produce a needs assessment report to ensure that conflict-affected populations have improved access to evidence-based relief.
Activities are focused on the Syunik region, specifically the Goris extended community, the city of Goris and the Tegh extended community.
Multisectoral emergency assistance to vulnerable conflict-affected populations in Armenia
This project will respond to the needs of about 20,000 conflict-affected persons via a multi-sectoral program that aims at addressing the most pressing shelter, hygiene, and psychological needs of populations.
PIN will increase access to safe and winterized shelter for the most vulnerable conflict-affected populations and support host families with utility payments. The selection of the beneficiaries will be closely coordinated with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MSLA), local municipalities, and the marz administrations.