Georgia TB Prevention Project Launches New Website to Inform and Connect Key Stakeholders

The Georgia Tuberculosis Prevention Project (TPP) has launched a website aimed at providing up-to-date information on TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in the Republic of Georgia. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by URC, TPP aims to improve the TB detection rates and strengthen and expand treatment of the disease.

The website is a resource for TB patients, communities, NGOs, and health care providers, enabling them to access TB-related informational tools, strategies, and guidelines and get updates on events and community activities that are held to raise TB awareness. The website also works to connect stakeholders from across the global TB community.

The website features online learning components that offer real-time trainings and educational resources to Georgian health care providers to strengthen their capacity to rapidly and accurately diagnose and treat TB.

The website also aims to assist in mobilizing political support and leadership for TB control strategies at all levels. By increasing awareness of TB and highlighting the need for effective treatment, the site will help empower Georgians affected by TB, improve case detection, boost treatment adherence, and tackle stigma.

Tuberculosis is a critical health threat in Georgia. TB spreads more easily when people are not aware of its signs and symptoms and fail to take the steps necessary to protect themselves. In 2011, Georgia's TB prevalence rate was 159 per 100,000 people, nearly triple the 56 per 100,000 rate in the rest of Europe.

TPP's recent survey of TB knowledge, attitudes, and practice found that many Georgians lack accurate information on the risks of TB, how to access TB treatment and diagnostic services, and the importance of adhering to the treatment. The website will enable the project to bridge the information gap and thereby reduce TB in Georgia.

Date 
November 12, 2012
Authors 
Manith Hang, URC Project Coordinator
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