BAHA was founded 35 years ago in February 1984 , by a group of doctors nurses dentists pharmacists and other health care professionals. The founding members include Dr Stepanian, Dr Anoosh Major, Dr Pambakian, Dr H Avakian Dr Berg Azadian , Bedo Eghiayan, Dr Vahan Kaplan, Mr Mihran Avedesian and late Drs, Tsarookian, dr Deroonian , Dr Arshavir Hagobian and Mrs H Ayvazian and a few juniors like myself.
I remember Ara joined us soon after his arrival to UK when his late mother contacted me.
OUR membership grew very quickly.
We are a Medical scientific and social group :
The principle objective and responsibility of our association are;
1-Organizing health related scientific meetings for our members and invite a wider British Armenian community to relevant subjects.
2- To enhance health awareness and promote a better understanding of medical care through out GB.
3- To support students, junior medical and health professionals to develop their career in the medical field in the UK, and in the motherland if needed.
4- To support our colleagues and health organization in Armenia and to develop better health care system.
In Dec 1988 during the major earthquick of Armenia, we exerted tremendous effort and worked very closely with Aid Armenia in providing medical support, organizing supplies and transporting equipments, medicines and dressing materials to devastated villages and towns . We continued our effort during the tragic days of the earthquake and the dark days afterwards. Some of us including Our senior colleagues Dr Berg Azadian and Mr Bedo Eghiayan joined the architect Gulvanessian and other members of advisory panall and built British children “st Narek” hospital in Vanatsor. Those days are unforgettable .
We also acted promptly and communicated with attaché hayarpi at armenian Embasy in April 2016 war, coordinating medical support and working directly and indirectly though close negotiation with our colleagues of AMIC.
AMIC ( Armenian Medical International Committee) is our umbrella organization in diaspora.
We are affiliating to AMIC and regularly communicate , participate and meet annually to plan and coordinate jointly and deliver cohesively initiatives, according to the demand.
We work very closely with our colleagues in Family Medicine.
We initiated and closely participated to many health related projects.
-We have been joining our colleagues from Canada and USA in the last 15 years and visit various outreach remote villages to provide medical support and promote health education. Working closely with COAF
My GP colleagues and myself have been collaborating with YSMU family medicine and primary care department updating and upgrading undergraduate and postgraduate medical curriculum.
– Some of us have been actively participating in formal teaching and education program of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
We succeeded to promote and develop the speciality of “General Practice” or ” Primary Care” in Armenia.
– We also invite and host graduate family practitioners from yerevan to be trained in UK.
– Two years ago We initiated and supported founding a faculty and society of Geriatric (care of elderly ) Medicine Speciality which successfully held their first international symposium last autumn.
Dr Seda Boghossian-Tighe,
GP, Staines Thameside Medical ,
GP Educator KSSDeanery ,
Mental Health Lead, North West Surrey CCG