Georgia

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We have been working in Georgia since 2008, originally working through local partner organisations. We opened our own country office in Georgia in 2015. We focus mainly on the development of the healthcare sector, increasing access and quality of care, especially in rural areas. At the same time, we are dedicated to the development of social services, especially care for people with disabilities. In collaboration with the local Ministry of Health, we are bringing about systemic changes in health and social services.

In poor rural areas, we are helping people to secure their livelihoods, especially by supporting small businesses. We are also working on environmental protection and effective waste management.

In Georgia Caritas helps people with autism.Healthcare

Increasing the quality and access to healthcare is our focus in Georgia. In collaboration with the local Ministry of Health, we bring systemic changes and fundamentally participate in reforming the Georgian system of primary health care. We have also made cancer screening more accessible and established a screening center in Zugdidi. We are working further to secure access to modern methods of prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer in rural areas. Another part of our work focuses on wider detection of HIV.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, we reacted quickly and trained Georgian physicians from rural areas in COVID-19 management, and built a laboratory information center for efficient surveillance of COVID-19. We also played a key role in the organization of the vaccination process.

Social care.Social Care

We have been aiding the most vulnerable groups of people, such as children with autism spectrum disorders. We trained physicians to recognize autism in its early stages, organized training for behavioral therapists, and in collaboration with the Georgian Ministry of Health, we implemented systemic changes which further improve services for persons with autism. We are working on reform in state run care for the disabled moving away from large boarding houses to individual care is small homes.

Rural Development and Responsible Waste Management

In remote areas, we support local businesses and created new jobs so that people do not need to leave these regions for work. For example, we helped build an organic farm and a traditional crafts studio. We also support sustainable cattle farming. In the Georgian mountain areas, we help to develop waste management infrastructure and raise local awareness of waste sorting and recycling. We have procured garbage trucks and are supporting infrastructural development for waste collecting, separation and recycling.

Read more about the mission in Georgia

Caritas Czech Republic Supports Rural Doctors in Alpine Zone
September 1, 2022 CCR-Georgia

Caritas Czech Republic Supports Rural Doctors in Alpine Zone

47-year-old Khatuna Gurgenidze has been working as a family doctor in Gudamakari gorge, located in Dusheti Municipality for twenty-three years. Despite the unusual geographical conditions of the highland region and severe climate, Khatuna visits patients by her own car and provides medical services on the spot. Within the framework of the Czech Development Agency-funded project, Caritas Czech Republic works on capacity-building of Khatuna and her colleagues and introduces electronic information systems to make the work of rural doctors easier and more efficient.

Behind the Scenes of Caritas Czech Republic: Meet Ekaterine Meskhrikadze from Georgia
August 5, 2022 CCR-Georgia

Behind the Scenes of Caritas Czech Republic: Meet Ekaterine Meskhrikadze from Georgia

Would you like to know more about the Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation department in Caritas Czech Republic? We launched a series of interviews with our colleagues who will tell you more about our work across the world. This time we interviewed Ekaterine Meskhrikadze, Deputy Head of Mission at our office in Georgia.

With the Support of CzechAid, Noe’s ASD Symptoms Importantly Improved
July 27, 2022 CCR-Georgia

With the Support of CzechAid, Noe’s ASD Symptoms Importantly Improved

Noe Kartsivadze was identified with autism spectrum disorder at the age of one and a half years. After taking the child to several kindergartens, his parents did not hope to find a suitable developmental environment for him. Shortly, they learned about special group established in Zugdidi within CzechAid-funded project with the aim to provide quality services to the children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and immediately contacted them. Noe has been attending special classes for eight months now, and thanks to the efforts of the specially trained teachers by Caritas Czech Republic, his condition has significantly improved.

“Georgia Will Always Stay in my Heart” – Jan Blinka Leaves the Mission with Gratitude
July 14, 2022 CCR-Georgia

“Georgia Will Always Stay in my Heart” – Jan Blinka Leaves the Mission with Gratitude

Jan Blinka has been leading Caritas Czech Republic’s Georgian Mission since 2019. During this period, our organization implemented several important initiatives including the EU-funded ENPARD Khulo project, CzechAid-funded projects in support to strengthen primary healthcare in Georgia and protect the rights of persons with disabilities and building of the Zugdidi Screening Center for the population of West Georgia.