Karabakh Public Health Conditions Conference at World Affairs Council

SAN FRANCISCO–The World Affairs Council of San Francisco will feature a presentation on the health care situation in Nagorno Karabakh during a public conference on December 7.

The status of public health care in Nagorno Karabakh has been an issue of great concern to the Armenian community because of the limited resources available to Karabakh–and because of its political situation. Alina Dorian–a specialist in public health who has worked in Karabakh since 1995–will explain what has been done in the region–and what still needs to be done.

Dorian will speak at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 7–at the San Francisco headquarters of the World Affairs Council in downtown San Francisco–which is located at 312 Sutter Street. The presentation is open to the public. Admission is $7 for Council members–$10 for non-members and $3 for students. Reservations are not required–but are suggested because of limited seating.

"Karabakh has been overlooked by the international community," says Dorian. "But despite the difficult situation and the limited resources–[Karabakh] has come a long way." The region is an independent republic that has been struggling to develop the infrastructure of health care ever since the break up of the Soviet Union. Dorian is president of the Local Hands Foundation–a non-profit organization that is working to promote health care in Karabakh.

The World Affairs Council is also sponsoring an exhibition of photography from the book "Out of Stone: Armenia-Artsakh," by Robert Kurkjian and Matthew Karanian. The exhibition will open during a reception after the presentation–and will continue to be on display through Dec. 29.

To make reservations–or for more information about the presentation and about other programs of the World Affairs Council–call (415) 293-4600–or go on-line at www.wacsf.org.

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