The development of a spinal injuries unit in Armenia

Paraplegia. 1993 Mar;31(3):168-71. doi: 10.1038/sc.1993.32.


A severe earthquake in December 1988 in Armenia, resulted in a large number of spinal cord injuries. A rehabilitation facility was urgently established in Yerevan by the Red Cross with volunteers from various countries outside the then Soviet Union. A programme of training of Armenian doctors, nurses and therapists was established, and a new purpose built spinal unit planned. The new unit was opened in August 1992 and should serve as a model for similar units throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States.

MeSH terms

  • Armenia
  • Disasters
  • Hospital Units / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Medical Missions
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Red Cross
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / therapy*