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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 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 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.


Health System Strengthening Project (HSSP)
Oct 2009 - Sept 2015
Abt. Associates, Inc.
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 of 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. The main focus of the project is to assist the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs in institutionalizing the national health management information system, e-Health.


Georgia Sustaining Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health Services Project SUSTAIN
Oct 2009 – Oct 2015
John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
The SUSTAIN 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. SUSTAIN project supports 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.


Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention Project
Jan 2010 – Dec 2015
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.


Loan Portfolio Guarantee for Hospitals
Sept 2010 – Sept 2020
TBC Banks
USAID has an active Development Credit Authority (DCA) loan portfolio guarantee agreement with TBC Bank for a $20 million total loan portfolio. The loans 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.

Last updated: November 09, 2015

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