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Global Health

Georgia has made important achievements in health service delivery and health sector reform. Through 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:

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Jan 2015 - Jan 2020
Georgian Medical Group
The project will address the challenges of water supply and sanitation conditions in schools and health clinics in rural areas of the Adjara region in Georgia and improve water and sanitation conditions in these facilities by implementing a wide array of interventions, including rehabilitating/constructing toilet facilities; providing access to running water; improving access to safe drinking water; supporting community mobilization and local capacity development to assure operations and maintenance planning; providing school-based sanitation and hygiene training for school administrators, teachers, and students; and supporting public education campaigns on hygiene and sanitation.
Cross-Disability Inclusion in Georgian Society (CDIGS)
Sept 2014 – Sept 2016
Disability Rights International (DRI)
The goal of the Cross-Disability Inclusion Program is to ensure that all children in Georgia realize their human rights as outlined in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The program will promote the right of a child to develop physically and spiritually in a healthy and normal way, with his/her family, regardless of their physical or mental disabilities. The program will strengthen the advocacy role of Disabled Person’s Organizations (DPOs) and family organizations: increase the capacity of all actors to better understand the issues and rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs); and increase the ability of healthcare practitioners, social and healthcare policymakers to ensure appropriate services for PWDs. Monitoring and evaluating mechanisms will be established under this new two year program. 

Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention Project
Jan 2010 – March 2016
University Research Corporation
The Tuberculosis Prevention 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.

Addiction Research Development in Georgia
June 2014 – July 2016
Alternative Georgia
The overall goal of this project is to advance local experts knowledge and to build the institutional capacity in the multidisciplinary field of Addictology (science of addiction) to better tackle the acute problem of drug addiction and its negative consequences to society.  Alternative Georgia in partnership with Czech and Georgian universities will increase the collective impact of their long-term initiatives through: the development of drug situation monitoring of the Institute of Addictology; the enhancement of the Institute’s research capacity; the creation of specific teaching modules; and the institutional capacity building of the Georgian Association of Addictologists.

Last updated: June 14, 2016

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