Burns supper helps save lives of premature Armenian children

May 4 2004


YEREVAN, MAY 4, ARMENPRESS: On Thursday 6 May at 10.30 the British
Ambassador, Miss Thorda Abbott-Watt, and Mr. Mads Beyer, Country
Director of Mission East, will present a Baby Incubator to Tsaghik
Vardanian, Director of Agarak Hospital and Polyclinic. The British
Ambassador will visit Kapan on 5 May to meet the Marzpet and tour the
Kapan Mountainous Enrichment Plant. She will also meet the Mayors of
Meghri and Agarak.
Guests at the Burns Supper, organized by the British Embassy at
the Marriott Hotel Armenia on 24 January, raised US$10,000 in a
charity auction to pay for the incubator. The initiative to provide
the hospital with a baby incubator came from Mr. Mads Beyer, Country
Director of Mission East an international humanitarian organization
which has been implementing primary health care projects in Syunik
Marz since 1997.
The charity auction was generously supported by British
Mediterranean Airways, Hovnanian International, HSBC, the Armenian
Tourist Development Agency, Tufenkian Ltd, the Marriott Hotel
Armenia, the Diamond Company of Armenia, the Yerevan Brandy Factory,
Dolmama’s and many other local companies.
This is the first incubator in the region. It will help save the
lives of premature babies by providing a controlled environment for
special medical care. Of the 140 babies born every year in the
region, 5 – 10 need an incubator and special care to help them to
The British Ambassador said: having spent my first days in an
incubator, it is a privilege to contribute towards giving others the
same opportunity.
Mads Beyer said: it is a great pleasure to be able to provide this
additional support. We know that Mrs. Vardanian and her staff will
make the most of the new incubator to the benefit of the entire
Meghri region.”