Today, on September 23, the 20th international conference of the “Armenian Ophthalmology Project” charitable foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, dedicated to ophthalmology, neonatology, general pediatrics and pediatric internal medicine, started. It is organized in cooperation with the World Diabetes Foundation and professional associations operating in Armenia.
Roger Ohanesyan, the founding president of the Armenian Ophthalmology Project, Armen Nazaryan, Deputy Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia, Thomas Lee, director of the Vision Center of Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, and Nune Yeghiazaryan, director of the Armenian Ophthalmology Project’s Armenian office, spoke at the opening.
“Many people ask how this organization, which is already 30 years old, was created. I answer that I told my grandfather,” said Roger Ohanesyan, the founding president of the Armenian Ophthalmology Project. – My grandfather, who survived the 1915 genocide, had a knife that he always kept sharp. When I was 12 years old, he gave it to me and told me to be ready, one day my homeland will call me. I didn’t know that after 40 years I would receive a telegram from my homeland asking for help. In 1992, I received a telegram from the Armenian government addressed to doctors living in the USA, and I came. I want to thank all the people with whom we contribute to the development of ophthalmology in Armenia.”
“The works carried out by the Armenian Ophthalmology Project have an invaluable role for our country, increasing the availability of ophthalmic services in Yerevan and especially in the marzes. I am sure that this time too, perspective issues will be discussed here,” said RA Deputy Health Minister Armen Nazaryan.
“It is a great honor for us to cooperate with the Armenian Ophthalmology Project for 12 years,” said Thomas Lee, director of the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Since that start, we have performed tens of thousands of eye examinations and many surgeries, saving Armenian children from blindness. The training of Armenian doctors using innovative methods has given wonderful results, and now we continue to expand our programs to include other fields of pediatrics as well.”
“The Armenian Ophthalmology Project is a future-looking organization. Since our inception, we have used innovative approaches to help improve the quality of eye care. Of course, all this would be impossible without our colleagues and dedicated doctors who were always ready to improve and transfer their knowledge to young colleagues,” said Nune Yeghiazaryan, director of the Armenian Ophthalmology Project’s office.
The comprehensive program of the international conference provides many reports, professional discussions and workshops for ophthalmologists, pediatricians, neonatologists, pediatric internists, other pediatric specialists and family physicians. The reports are not only from Armenia, but also from world-renowned hospitals and universities in the USA and Europe.
The first part of the conference, dedicated to ophthalmology, will take place in 2022. from September 23 to 25. And the second part, dedicated to pediatrics, neonatology and pediatric internal medicine, will continue until October 5.
All the materials presented at the international conference will be available for the professional circle free of charge on the Pediatric Online Educational Platform (OPEN) created by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medical Sciences. It will serve as a unique self-education opportunity for doctors and other healthcare professionals joining the platform from different corners of the world.