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January 2015

2015-01-29 12:00 | Open Medical Institute - Austrian Development Agency

In July 2011 the Open Medical Institute (OMI) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) launched the Capacity Development in Healthcare Project to provide doctors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova access to state-of-the-art medical equipment and protocols, to promote international collaboration through experience and knowledge exchange in medicine.

The project focuses on one of the major health risk factors in the Black Sea and Caucasus regions – cardiovascular disease and stroke. Doctors from OMI partner institutions (Armenia: University Hospital in Yerevan, Georgia: Georgian Stroke Association / MediClubGeorgia, Moldova: State Medical and Pharmaceutical University) are trained in stroke prevention using ultrasound machines at the Christian Doppler Klinik in Salzburg. After completion of their training, we provide the OMI partner institutions with an ultrasound device, which the physicians use to study stroke risk factors in the local population. The data collected provides the basis for designing and implementing stroke prevention interventions in the region.

The initial grant period was from July 2011 to June 2014. Due to the program’s success, the grant was renewed and the program extended until 2017. This will allow us to provide quality education for more doctors in the Black Sea and Caucasus region, promote international collaborations and publish a multi-center study, using the data collected by the stroke prevention units in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Austria and the United States. This has already led to improved patient care, and ultimately to longer life expectancy.

Ultrasound device at the stroke unit in Yerevan