History and Mission
We are on a mission to improve the lives of
children in Armenia
At OPEN we strive to
by thinking online first
Champion systemic change
by engaging with local leaders and thinkers
How we got started
Our involvement in this work began at the request of the Armenian Eyecare Project (AECP) in 2009. Armenia had seen a rise in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) that resulted from the increasing survival of their premature infants with the introduction of NICUs.
The resulting epidemic of ROP related blindness created an urgent need for training programs. With the success of our first program, it became clear that the need for advanced medical education existed throughout Armenia’s health care system, including NICU nurses and neonatologists. This need led to CHLA, AECP, and USAID joining with the Armenian government to create the Armenian Association of Neonatal Medicine. Building on that early success, the program expanded into other areas of need such as endocrinology, cardiology, and general pediatrics.