Lovers’ Park lunch

By Ani Ginosyan On my last day of work, we went to have lunch at a beautiful café at Lovers’ Park (Siraharneri Aigi), which is located right across the street from AUA. This park has a smoke free playground for kids to play at, which was made possible by AUA’s Tobacco Control Team. This was amazing…

Recruitment begins!

By Ani Ginosyan Educational materials the 2010 clinical trial participants had received  Yesterday I recruited participants for my focus group discussion with the help of Arus Harutyunyan, MD, MPH.  Arus is part of the tobacco control team at AUA, and she was instrumental in familiarizing me with the database and offering me advice, support, and encouragement…

Coming to Armenia

Today is my first day in Armenia and I have already been exposed to a lot of second hand smoke everywhere. My uncle smoked inside the car on our way to the village from the airport, and everybody was smoking inside the house at my grandparents’ home. The weather was extremely cold in the village…

Children’s exposure to secondhand and thirdhand tobacco smoke in Armenia

This summer, I have the amazing opportunity of going to the American University of Armenia (AUA) in Yerevan, Armenia to conduct my very own research study on children’s exposure to secondhand and thirdhand tobacco smoke.  My mentor is Narine Movsisyan, MD, MPH, who is a senior researcher and leads all tobacco control projects at AUA’s…

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

Today we had the opportunity to visit the Global Fund and speak to Beatrice Bernescut from Communications and Patricia Kehoe from Grant Management.  We learned that the Global Fund was started in 2002 with the main goal of investing the world’s money to save lives of people suffering from HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, and malaria.   In…