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Georgia has made important achievements in health service delivery and health sector reform. Thanks to USAID assistance, the country is currently on-track to meet several of the U.S. Government’s Global Health Initiative goals, including a substantial and steady decline in infant and child mortality rates.  Several important challenges remain, and USAID’s programs in the health sector continue to help Georgia improve maternal and child health, stop the spread of infectious diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and improve health service delivery through healthcare sector reforms.

Current programs:

Health System Strengthening Project                                      
Oct 2009 - Oct 2014
Abt. Associates, Inc.
www.abtassociates.com      

The goal of the project is to support the Government of Georgia’s health reform efforts, which are aimed at improving the health status of the population, and increasing the quality of, access to, and satisfaction with health services. The project contributes to these efforts by strengthening insurers’ capacity to provide quality health insurance services; strengthening providers’ capacity to manage and deliver quality health care services; and strengthening the government’s capacity to guide and monitor health reforms. 

Health Care Improvement Project                                                
Sept 2012 – Sept 2013
University Research Corporation (URC)                                                 
www.urc-chs.com/

The two-year project aims to enhance quality of medical services in the Imereti region with a strong focus on upgrading knowledge and clinical skills of physicians in both outpatient and inpatient health facilities. National-level activities will also be implemented to streamline the health sector regulatory environment and improve access to and use of evidence based medical information.

Georgia Sustaining Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health Services Project – Sustain                                 
Oct 2009 – Oct 2014                       
John Snow, Inc. (JSI)           
www.jsi.ge

The project meets critical maternal and child health and family planning needs while laying the foundation for long-term, sustainable family planning and maternal and neonatal health programs in the private sector. Through private insurance industry plans, existing health clinics and planned health training units, it also promotes a broader range of contraceptives available in pharmacies throughout Georgia. 

TB Prevention Project                                                                  
Jan 2010 – Dec 2014
University Research Corporation (URC)                                                       
www.urc-chs.com/

The project focuses on three major objectives:  1) improve early detection of suspected TB cases (early diagnostics) in general health facilities; 2) strengthen the quality of full implementation of Directly Observed Therapy Strategy (DOTS) nationwide; and 3) limited assistance to recently established private treatment sites nationwide in updating physical infrastructure to meet TB best practice standards, and to improve infection control

HIV Prevention Project                                                                  
Jan 2010 – Dec 2014
Research Triangle Institutes (RTI)                                                                 
www.geoyouth.ge

The goal of the HIV Prevention Project is to support HIV prevention among high-risk groups in Georgia to avert the spread of HIV to the general population. The activities focus on: prevention in primary risk groups such as intravenous drug users; men who have sex with men and commercial sex workers; interventions with secondary risk groups most likely to be infected next (youth); and stigma reduction.

Introducing Addictology in Educational System of Georgia
June 2012 – Dec 2013
Alternative Georgia

The project was pre-competed and approved for funding through the Emerging Donors Challenge Fund.  It is implemented by the Georgian NGO Alternative Georgia in collaboration with the Czech partner, the Center of Addictology at the Charles University in Prague. The project works on the development of the Addictiology curricula/ educational modules and on building the capacity of the three universities in Georgia, including Ilia State University, IB Euro-Caucasus University in Tbilisi, and Batumi State University, to provide quality education in the field of addictology that provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the problem and its differential impact on male and female addicts and users. 

Hepatitis B Catch-up Vaccination                                               
Sept 2009 – May 2013
Rostropovich- Vishnevskaya Foundation (RVF)                                            
www.rostropovich.org         

The project provides vaccinations for a grand total of about 23,000 individuals, including: 3,000 medical students, approximately 13,000 sero-negative healthcare workers throughout Georgia, and an estimated 7,000 adolescents in Tbilisi.  

Development Credit Authority (DCA)                                         
July 2010 - July 2020
Loan Guarantee for Hospitals                    
www.tbcbank.ge       

USAID signed a DCA loan guarantee agreement with TBC Bank for the $8 million loan to Block Georgia. The funding is used by Block Georgia to construct and/or rehabilitate eight hospitals in West Georgia (Kutaisi, Tskaltubo, Poti, Chkhorotskhu, Tsalendjikha, Abasha, Khobi and Martvili).

Loan Portfolio Guarantee for Hospitals, TBC Bank                 
Sept 2010 – Sept 2020
www.tbcbank.ge

USAID signed another DCA loan portfolio guarantee agreement with the TBC Bank for the $20 million total loan portfolio. The loans to be issued by TBC Bank and covered by the guarantee are intended for private health sector borrowers for construction, renovation, and equipping of hospitals and clinics. The program will primarily address the financing needs of private insurance companies, which are obliged to build hospitals in 27 health care districts across Georgia by December 2011.

Disability Advocacy Project                                                       
Sept 2012 – Sept 2014
Coalition for Independent Living (CIL)
www.disability.ge

The goal of the Disability Advocacy Project is to strengthen disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) in Tbilisi, Guria, Samegrelo, Imereti and Adjara to effectively include women, men and children with disabilities in development programs in their communities; support emerging future leaders of the disability movement, by selecting and training them in each of the targeted regions; and, increase participation of DPOs in government decision-making by enhancing cooperation and coordination between the DPOs, state actors and development programs.

Strengthening Childcare Services and Systems                        
Aug 2010 – Dec 2013
UNICEF                                                                                                        
www.unicef.org/georgia

The goal of the project is to provide protection to vulnerable children in Georgia through strengthened social work and community-based services; increasing awareness of and improving access to social benefits; strengthening family support, alternative care and community-based services; strengthening policy, management, oversight and accountability in the child care system; and creating sustainable mechanisms to prevent and mitigate the negative impact of family violence. 

Last updated: January 03, 2014

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