In January, 2006, when the first cases of bird flu among people were registered in Turkey, information spread in the West that the neighboring countries, particularly Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh were among those of the first risk group. Upon receiving alarming news from the head of Ani and Narot Memorial Foundation (ANMF) Raffi Ardhaljian, the president of Hanganak NGO Gohar Hovhannisyan kindly and readily joined the efforts of ANMF in the prevention of bird flu invasion into the territory of Nagorno Karabakh. Notwithstanding, that ANMF is basically engaged into the implementation of vaccination program in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, and the main goal of Hanganak NGO is improving the quality of life of the elderly living alone in Stepanakert, taking into consideration the urgency of the problem it was decided to work out and implement a bird flu prevention project without delay.
The project was developed by Gohar Hovhannisyan, which was further reviewed and edited by Doris Mugrditchian, PhD, WHO expert in Public Health. The project was funded by the New York based Armenian benefactor Zaven Ken Darian.