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GEORGIA, TBILISI: U.S. Government Supports Fight Against Tuberculosis in Georgia




 

Trend Azerbaijan (03.22.13)

An event held on World TB Day highlighted the prevalence of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) in Georgia and US efforts to help the country control TB. Event participants included the World Health Organization goodwill ambassador; Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Elizabeth Roelofs; US Ambassador Richard Norland; Minister of Labour, Health, and Social Affairs David Sergeenko; and Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance Sozar Subari. Georgia records approximately 4,500 new TB cases each year, including a high prevalence of MDR TB cases. More than a quarter of Georgian MDR TB patients (26 percent) fail to complete drug therapy. From 2003 to 2007, the United States provided Georgia with $7.17 million for TB prevention; activities included successful local pilot programs. USAID’s current Tuberculosis Prevention Programme, instituted in 2011, has allocated $4.4 million for improving clinical care, supporting Georgia’s national TB control program, and addressing challenges like MDR TB.



 


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