Caritas Czech Republic (CCR), in cooperation with local partner organizations, has been implementing health and social care projects in Georgia since 2008. Its new project, entitled “Support to primary health care strengthening aims to support the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia (MoILHSA) in strengthening the country´s primary health care system by improving the quality of provided medical care and related services.
For this purpose, quality assessment tools and related IT solutions have already been developed and introduced in five medical facilities in Tbilisi during the 2017-2019 period. The results of this pilot phase can be subsequently replicated to other medical facilities throughout the country, which will eventually lead to a gradual, tangible improvement of the quality of services offered to the patients.
In 2020, Caritas Czech Republic launched the second phase of the project, which will lead to even larger-scale changes in the primary health care sector. “In particular, quality management tools will be introduced in health care for the first time and comprehensive information system solutions will be created for primary health care throughout the country. Furthermore, the qualification standards and requirements for primary care staff will be updated and a continuous medical education system will be established,” explained CCR Project Manager Rusudan Chkhubianishvili.
”We are now entering a new phase of strengthening the primary health care sector, which has very long- term goals and envisages the introduction of electronic information technologies in primary health care, as well as strengthening the skills of primary health care providers. Caritas Czech Republic supports the Ministry in the implementation of these goals,” stated First Deputy Minister of Health Tamar Gabunia.
In addition to the five pilot medical facilities in Tbilisi, which participated in the first phase of the project, a further 41 medical facilities in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti regions will be covered during the second phase. Eventually, the whole country will benefit from the results of the project since each result will be handed over to MoILHSA.
“With this project, CCR continues to prove its indispensable role in reforming Georgia´s primary health care system. We are assisting the Ministry in creating systemic, long-lasting and quality-driven change from which all citizens of the country will benefit,” said Jan Blinka, Head of the CCR Mission in Georgia.