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CHARITY Ultramarathon

Buenos Aires – Montevideo

Moving Forward to improve
healthcare in Armenia

Pablo Elmassian, an Infectious Disease Specialist and the Medical Director of FIDEC Armenia, ran 600 km in 14 days to connect Argentina and Uruguay from December 3rd through the 16th, 2023.

Its purpose was to raise funds for healthcare programs conducted by FIDEC Armenia, aimed at assisting vulnerable rural communities in Shirak and refugees who have fled from Artsakh.

600 km

42 km/Day

(Average)

14 Days

FIDEC Armenia is proud to announce the results of the use of donations that were achieved during the Ultramarathon.

The campaign, titled “Moving Forward to Improve Healthcare in Armenia,” took place last December and received significant support, raising around $122,000 for health programs in vulnerable rural communities in the Shirak province.

The funds raised through this solidarity campaign were complemented by a generous donation from the Armenia Fund of Argentina, an institutional partner of FIDEC Armenia.

In December 2023, $26,000 was raised during the annual Fonatón held in Argentina to directly benefit health programs in Shirak.

The donation provided antihypertensive medications, anticoagulants and statins for six months to 600 patients with chronic diseases in the Akhurik and Jajur communities.

Now, FIDEC Armenia aims to achieve an additional fundraising goal of $150,000 to carry out personalized healthcare interventions for refugees who fled Artsakh and resettled in rural communities in the provinces of Armavir and Ararat.

Thanks to the generous contributions from the Armenian community and other supporters who have stood by our side throughout these years, we successfully built a bridge to enhance healthcare access and improve the quality of life in our beloved Armenia.

In 2023, we commemorated 15 years of FIDEC Armenia. We extend a heartfelt invitation for others to join us in initiating new projects. Together, let’s contribute and carry forward the legacy passed down to us by our parents and ancestors.

About Pablo Elmassian

“Years ago, I decided to combine my passion and experience for running long distances with charitable purposes.”

Pablo Elmassian is an Infectious Diseases Specialist (Graduated from the University of Buenos Aires).

Since 2002, he has collaborated with FUNCEI, a non-profit organization incorporated in Argentina in 1987, founded by Dr. Daniel Stamboulian. In 2005 he assumed the role of Medical Director at FIDEC Armenia.

Starting in 2014, he began participating in mountain ultramarathons (ultra trail races) and completed the following:

  • Andes Crossing in 2014, Argentina-Chile (100 km).

  • Misión Race in 2015 and 2016, Villa La Angostura, Argentina (160 km).

  • Misión Race XL in 2018 and 2019, San Martín de Los Andes, Argentina (200 km).

  • Lake Tahoe Race in 2018, California, United States (330 km).

  • In 2021, he connected the cities of Buenos Aires and Rosario in Argentina, by running 300 km in 5 days.

Another remarkable athletic achievement was ascending to 5,137 meters above sea level and reaching the summit of Mount Ararat in July 2019, given its significance to the Armenian nation.

ABOUT FIDEC

FIDEC (Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries) is a non-profit organization created in 2001,
aimed at developing programs to fight infectious diseases in emerging countries.
It is made up of physicians, scientists and other health care professionals.

FIDEC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions and Sponsorships are tax deductible
to the fullest extent of the law.

With the institutional support of:

Organized by:

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