This Funding Opportunity Announcement package submission by the NCDC builds upon a foundation of epidemiology and laboratory capacity both of which have been strengthened through previous cooperative agreements such as GDD and GHSA support.
In this submission, there are several projects with their own respective objectives.
AMR project will strengthen laboratory capacity at the local (clinical) and central levels of the country to ensure reliable surveillance data on the prevalence of AMR.
Respiratory disease surveillance project’s goal is to develop and establish a sustainable event-based surveillance system on unusual respiratory events and strengthen infection prevention and control measures.
Emergency Management Project goal is to strengthen the preparedness capacity at central and local level to rapidly and effectively respond to public health emergencies.
Enteric surveillance project is focused on strengthening acute diarrheal diseases surveillance, enhancing outbreak prevention, detection and response capacity to meet National and Global Health Security Goals.
EQA project’s main goal is to achieve ISO17043 Accreditation for the Lugar Center to be Georgia’s national EQA provider and build the necessary capacity to provide these services to the region.
Strengthening Laboratory and Surveillance Capacity Project will support enhancement of laboratory capacity around the country in regard to SARS-CoV-2 testing and strengthen the respiratory surveillance system through integration of COVID-19 surveillance into existing ILI/SARI sentinel surveillance system; expansion of this network will ensure timely detection, monitoring, response and mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in Georgia.
South Caucasus Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program will strengthen the capacity of national epidemiologists, veterinarians, and laboratory specialists from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture in the principles of evidence-based public health.
Hep C EQA Project will strengthen the National Laboratory System and countrywide national Quality Assurance Programs by establishing the Laboratory training hub and the ECHO Hepatitis C diagnostic Laboratory Community.
Endoscopy Project will estimate the risk of HCV transmission by diagnostic endoscopic procedures in Georgia.
Hep C and B Surveillance Project will enhance viral hepatitis surveillance through policy development and surveillance capacity building in the country.
GHOST Project will analyze and visualize transmission patterns of HCV infection among those PWIDs who test positive for HCV recent infection and reinfection at selected harm reduction sites.
Follow-up Project will identify, follow-up and link to HCV care all eligible (at or after 18 months of age) children born to women with chronic HCV infection and assess HCV burden and obstacles to linkage-to-care among the women of reproductive age.
Linkage to Care Project will link to care those individuals that have previously tested positive for HCV antibody but have not received viremia testing.
Hep Survey Project will assess the impact of wide-scale screening, diagnostic and treatment interventions as part of the national hepatitis C program on disease prevalence and whether Georgia is on track to eliminate HCV.
Activities in this proposal will maximize impact for GHSA and ensure sustainability.