PHRplus and Partners Focus on Improving IDS in Georgia
The PHRplus Georgia Infectious Disease Surveillance (IDS) team, including Anton Luchitsky, Lynne Miller-Franco, Jim Setzer, and Galina Romanyuk; members of our Georgian partner organization Curatio International Foundation; and a consultant from WHO/Lyon, have assisted the Georgian Ministry of Health,
Labor and Social Affairs and the National Center for Disease Control with the assessment of the IDS system including the assessment of laboratory capabilities. The teams made several recommendations that would strengthen the IDS system, and significant contributions to research on community and provider behavior with regard to infectious disease surveillance
as well as to the development of the upgraded Georgia national surveillance standards summarized in the Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Surveillance and Control Guidelines, with its related Manual for Health Care Providers and a Surveillance Job Aide for Centers of Public Health operating at the district level. The VPD surveillance standards and work instruments are likely to undergo further improvements and modifications once they have the results of the pilot reforms being implemented in the Imereti region in the coming year.