Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment Factsheet
- Founded in 1999
- WfWP member since 2005
- Mission: To explore the issue of environment pollution in Armenia, raise public awareness about environmental pollutants, assist decreasing the risks of environmental harmful impacts, including climate change, on human health and the environment and to promote healthy lifestyle of Armenian population, in particular children and women.
- Focus area: Armenia & EECCA Region
- Level: local, national and international
- Main themes: Health & Environment, Women Empowerment
- Beneficiaries: about 900 000 rural population
- Staff: 9
- Volunteers: 20
- Members: 47
- Annual budget (average):€ 140 000
AWHHE is active on multiple issues, including: environmental health and education, water, ecosanitation, agriculture, chemicals, waste, energy and climate change.
Protocol on Water and Health (part of the Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting )
One of AWHHE’s main activities are revolved around supporting the Armenian government in setting national and/or local targets of the Protocol on Water and Health. AWHHE facilitates the ratification process, raises awareness (about the UNECE Water Convention and its Protocol on Water and Health) and strengthens the role of the civil society.
Access to safe drinking water and sanitation (most recent 2014-2015)
Furthermore, AWHHE ensures access to safe drinking water in several regions in Armenia. For instance in the Ararat Valley, which is a major agricultural zone and wetlands eco-system. The communities and schools targeted by AWHHE are at risk of contamination of their drinking water as well as losing access to irrigation water for their farms. AWHHE gives these villages a voice in the decision-making process leading to sustainable water management.
Preventing Loss of Safe Drinking Water
This project addressed access to safe drinking water in Ditak (Ararat region). Through the rehabilitation of the water supply system 230 families (947 people) obtained access to clean drinking water. The community was intensely involved in the management, and 51% of the entire water supply of the village was replaced with a new pipeline, which was handed over to the community on the basis of a donation contract.
AWHHE action on WASH
AWHHE website: www.awhhe.am