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OSI-New York will cover lodging and meals in Yerevan. The travel expenses of the participants will be covered by the local OSI / Soros foundation.


The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation based in New York City, implements a range of initiatives to promote open society by shaping government policy and supporting education, media, public health, and human and women’s rights, as well as social, legal, and economic reform. To foster open society on a global level, OSI aims to bring together a larger Open Society Network of other nongovernmental organizations, international institutions, and government agencies. OSI was created in 1993 by investor and philanthropist George Soros to support his foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Those foundations were established, starting in 1984, to help former communist countries in their transition to democracy. OSI has expanded the activities of the Soros foundations network to other areas of the world where the transition to democracy is of particular concern. The network encompasses more than 50 countries with initiatives in Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, as well as in Haiti, Mongolia, and Turkey.
OSI also supports programs in the United States and selected projects elsewhere in the world.

OSI's Network Public Health Programs in CEE and the FSU focus on promoting effective public health policy development, supporting the development of a population-oriented public health infrastructure, strengthening the capacity of professional organizations to develop and implement quality standards and professional ethics, and promoting public health involvement.


Open Society Fund–Lithuania (OSFL) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization, founded in 1990. Its primary aim has been to support the development of an open, democratic, civil society in Lithuania during its transitional period. Throughout the years of its activities the OSFL and its partners have initiated and stimulated changes in self-management and self-government, human rights, dissemination of multinational culture, education, science and information, and other areas that produce the greatest impact on the formation of a free and creative personality and civil responsibility. Nearly 50 million US dollars have gone towards the achievement of those objectives.

The mission of the OSFL is to foster an open society, to strengthen its ideals and values at the level of governmental institutions, to prevent the monopoly of power and single truth. The building of an open society is a never-ending process involving a continuous change of challenges in a dynamic reality, discussions on the values of an open society, fostering the skills of analytical thinking and meeting the challenges of the future. The Foundation works in its priority areas through the Science and Education, Culture, Law, Civic Initiatives, Information, Public Health, Baltic-American Partnership and other programs. More information about OSFL activities is available at and

The general aim of all the public health programs is to contribute to the implementation of the major social rights in the area of medical care, to influence state health policies, to facilitate changes in people’s attitude toward their health, to create equal possibilities for everybody, the most vulnerable in particular, to access medical care and relevant information by implementing the principle “healthy individual – healthy society”. This aim was pursued through ten programs of the Open Society Institute network.

Open Society Fund-Lithuania began overseeing logistical administration of the Open Society Institute’s Network Public Health Program’s Seminar Series in January 2003.

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