YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 30, ARMENPRESS: Funded by US State Department ,
Community and Humanitarian Assistance Project Armenian Office of
Counterpart International has provided medical equipment and medicine
in the amount of 320,000 USD to Armenian National Oncology
Center. This is a donation of US National Oncology Coalition.

The center hosted representatives of the organization and the
project today. Counterpart International has committed itself to
continue dispatch of medical equipment to the center with the total
cost of assistance for the running year exceeding 1mln USD. Since
2001, the organization has supplied the center with medical items of
about 12 mln USD through its Community and Humanitarian Assistance

According to Sergei Khomchenko, a representative of the
organization and the project, Counterpart international assists the
most needy patients. He argued that prevention of oncology illnesses
is far more easier than their treatment. He said that smoking is
widespread in Armenia which is one of the major causes of the illness.

According to Hairapet Galstian, national oncology center head,
thanks to Counterpart International the center is equipped with modern
technology. He said that they are particularly in need of diagnoses
equipment which cost 1mln USD and are not affordable neither for the
state nor the center.

The center head said that government also earmarks funds for the
operation of the center.

US national oncology coalition supports medical program in some 10
countries throughout the world.