Fresno Physicians to Provide Medical, Dental Care in Armenia’s Rural Regions

Deacon Berj K. Apkarian, Fresno’s honorary consul for the Republic of Armenia, will lead a group of 22 local doctors on a mission to Armenia (Source: Fresno Bee Staff Photo)
Deacon Berj K. Apkarian, Fresno’s honorary consul for the Republic of Armenia, will lead a group of 22 local doctors on a mission to Armenia (Source: Fresno Bee Staff Photo)

Deacon Berj K. Apkarian, Fresno’s honorary consul for the Republic of Armenia, will lead a group of 22 local doctors on a mission to Armenia (Source: Fresno Bee Staff Photo)

FRESNO (PanArmenian.net)–Twenty-two physicians from the Fresno area will travel to Armenia on October 4-15 to provide medical and dental care to under-served and rural areas of Armenia.

The 12-day medical mission will visit six outlying provinces in Armenia—Aragatsotn, Shirak, Kotayk, Lori, Armavir, and Ararat.

The humanitarian mission is being coordinated by Berj K. Apkarian, Honorary Consul of Armenia in Fresno, in coordination with the Ministry of Health in Armenia.

“The mission is very important; medical and dental care will be provided to the most rural areas of the country where there is a critical shortage,” Apkarian said. “We also hope it will inspire local area health care professionals to take part in future missions and humanitarian endeavors.”

The mission is two-fold; a three-day medical education symposium will also be held free of charge for local physicians. “It’s a tremendous way to share medical knowledge and training in these rural areas,” Apkarian said. “We want to encourage physicians from Armenia to pursue fellowships and other medical specializations in the United States.”

The mission is being entirely funded by community and private contributions.

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