In February 2017 a group of cancer survivors in Armenia established “HENARAN” charitable foundation whose beneficiaries are cancer patients, cancer survivors, their family members, and caregivers.
The philosophy of HENARAN’s activities stems from Albert Einstein’s famous phrase:

  • "The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful. Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate”.

HENARAN is a cancer patient advocacy organization and its mission is to actively participate in the fight against cancer in Armenia, as well as promote and raise public awareness about oncological diseases and their possible prevention. The main objectives of the Foundation are:

  1. Arrange socio-psychological, onco-psychological and legal assistance for its beneficiaries.
  2. Emphasize the importance of screening programs and early detection of cancer by promoting the introduction and further development of mammography screening for breast cancer prevention through partnership with government agencies of healthcare sector, insurance companies, international organizations, as well as organizations carrying out charity projects in this field.
  3. Raise the level of public awareness in Armenia about oncological diseases, particularly breast cancer.
  4. Contribute to development and publication of educational and public awareness materials on cancerous and pre-cancerous diseases, design and/or translation and publication of clinical guidelines, dissemination and exchange of other relevant information.
  5. Enhance the institutional capacity of cancer care institutions through organization of training sessions, seminars, symposia, and conferences.

It is difficult to reconcile oneself to the diagnosis of cancer and this becomes a serious problem for many patients and their families. HENARAN Foundation can help you better understand the cancer-related issues, treatment options and support activities, as well as set up through “support group” useful communication with other patients, including cancer survivors. The Foundation will help you understand how to navigate through healthcare system, give a briefing on your patient rights, as well as provide contact information of consultants, home care service providers, education and information centers.

Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Artur Avetisyan, MD

    Chair of the Board of Trustees
    Breast surgeon, oncologist
    Clinical director of the National Center of Oncology

  • Susanna Serobyan

    Cancer survivor

  • Liana Galstyan

    Cancer survivor

  • Knarik Avetisyan

    Cancer survivor

  • Naira Baghdasaryan

    Management specialist

Executive team

  • Hripsime Martirosyan

    Executive Director
    Cancer survivor

  • Emma Barbaryan

    YSMU student

International networks membership

HENARAN charitable foundation, after its inception in February 2017, has become a member of several international cancer patient advocacy networks.

  • 2018
    NBCC – National Breast Cancer Coalition in USA
  • 2018
    ESMO – European Society of Medical Oncology
  • 2018
    ECPC – European Cancer Patient Coalition
  • 2018
    ABC - Advanced breast cancer - Global Alliance
  • 2018
    SIOP – International Society of Pediatric Oncology
  • 2020
    ENGAGe – European Network of Gynecological Cancer Advocacy Groups