Caritas Czech Republic began its development activities in Georgia in 2008. Initially, we operated in Georgia through local partner organizations, but we established our own branch here in 2015, which enabled us to offer high-quality, timely and well-resourced development aid. Currently, Caritas Czech Republic has its main office in Tbilisi and a regional branch in Khulo, Adjara.
Health and social care is our “flagship” in Georgia. We collaborate closely with the local Ministry of Health (MoILHSA), and we fundamentally participate in reforming the Georgian system of primary health care.
We aid the most vulnerable groups of people, such as children with severe disabilities and with autism spectrum disorders. We train physicians to recognize autism in its early stages, organize training for behavioral therapists, and in collaboration with the Georgian Ministry of Health, we implement systemic changes which further improve services for persons with autism.
In Georgia, we also raise awareness of the importance of cancer prevention, and we make cancer screening more accessible. In October 2019, we established a screening center in the city of Zugdidi, which helps to improve early testing of a number of common types of cancer for nearly half a million people living in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region.
In 2020, we also reacted quickly to needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. To treat COVID-19, we remotely trained Georgian physicians from rural areas. In collaboration with the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), we built a laboratory information center for efficient surveillance of COVID-19 and also an integrated system which manages the electronic queue for vaccination against COVID-19.
Rural Development and Responsible Waste Management
In remote mountain areas, where the majority of people are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, we support local businesses, and we create new jobs so that locals do not have to leave their home region. For example, we helped build an organic farm and a traditional crafts studio. In the upper Adjara region, we helped create more than 200 jobs.
In the Georgian mountain areas, we help to develop waste management infrastructure and raise local awareness of waste sorting and recycling.
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