Armenia project published in European Journal of Public Health, presented at conference

The American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health (SPH), the Global Bridges grantee, has recently published two abstracts in the European Journal of Public Health (2016 November) Volume 26, Supply 1, Pages 51 and 373. The abstracts are summarizing the results of the formative research conducted in the scope of the “Implementing FCTC Article 14 in Armenia through advocacy and training” project.

The first publication summarizes the primary healthcare physicians’ knowledge, attitude and practices regarding smoking cessation, as well as their perceived needs for training and support for addressing tobacco use among their adult patients in Armenia. The full report is available here.

The second abstract describes the situation of the availability, affordability, and the prices of tobacco cessation products in Armenia, highlighting the market situation as one of the major obstacles for consistent and effective tobacco dependence treatment in Armenia. The full report is available here. The results of the formative research indicated an urgent need to enhance Armenian physicians’ knowledge and skills in smoking cessation and create sustainable infrastructure to ensure wide accessibility, availability, and affordability of smoking cessation products in Armenia.

Arusyak Harutyunyan, MD, MPH, the Principal Investigator of the project, highlighted the outcomes: “The results of the formative research were extensively used during development/adaptation of the training package for primary healthcare physicians and during the advocacy for a system-wide change with the policy and decision making community and the institutions of medical education. We strongly believe that the findings might be useful for other countries with similar profile and situation regarding the implementation of the FCTC Article 14.”


On November 9-12, 2016, Armine Abrahamyan, MS, MPH, one of the Research Assistants of the project, presented the results from the formative research at the 9th European Public Health Conference, themed “All for Health – Health For All” in Vienna, Austria. The conference brought together more than 1,800 public health experts, researchers, policymakers, practitioners, young and professionals from around 70 countries.

View abstracts and presentation materials shared by the team on the Global Bridges Resources page.