Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment in Yerevan, Armenia

Interview with Elena Manvelyan, Head of the NGO Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) in Yerevan, Armenia.

1. What is the vision and mission of your organisation?

The mission of AWHHE is to explore the issue of environment pollution in Armenia, to advocate the human right to live in a healthy environment, to promote the decrease of risks of environmental harmful impacts, including climate change, on human health, as well as to promote healthy lifestyle, focusing especially on children and women.

The vision is “Healthy Environment for our Children, Healthy Generation for Armenia”.

2. Why did you decide to become a GWP Partner?

AWHHE shares the GWP’s vision for a water secure world and respects its core values.

During the recent decade the topic of water and sanitation has become the main priority of AWHHE and the implemented projects have resulted in provision of sustainable water and adequate sanitation in rural areas.

AWHHE is involved in activities at different levels: national, regional and international. For example, AWHHE has been actively involved in the activities and discussions under the UNECE/WHO Protocol on Water and Health to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes since 2007, as a participant and active member of the Working Group on Water and Health and Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting. 

3. What have you found to be the benefits of being a GWP Partner?

AWHHE sees the benefits of being a GWP partner in opportunities to share information and be more visible, to be involved in activities in regional and international fora as well as to enhance the organisational capacities, including access to funds.

4. What is the one challenge facing the management of water resources in your area of expertise?

Currently, much attention is paid in Armenia to the efficient management, development and use of water resources, with the aim of regulating this sector’s numerous laws, statutes and decisions. They have been adopted in recent years by the legislative and executive bodies of Armenia, on the basis of which a number of reforms have been implemented.

The main challenge is the lack of funding to implement activities, to ensure drinkable water supply and sanitation to all.

5. Are there any special projects or initiatives that you would like more widely known?                                                                                                                   AWHHE

We would appreciate to see the links of the AWHHE projects on the GWP website and information on potential funding possibilities.