Photos: Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories
Advancing Global Health Partnerships
Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Global Health Center, Dr. Kayla Laserson, Minister of Environmental Protection (Acting), Otar Shamugia, and Minister of Health (Acting), Zurab Azarashvili, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support capacity-building for the prevention and detection of infectious diseases, bolstering emergency response capability, and supporting the public health professionals in Georgia. The memorandum calls for cooperation between the U.S. CDC, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), and the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health, and Social Affairs of Georgia (MoIDPLHSA). In addition, they discussed future project planning and strengthening U.S.-Georgia cooperation. Participants commended the 28-year collaboration between the U.S. and Georgia and recent designation as an U.S. Intensive Support Partner (ISP) country for health security, as well as highlighting ways in which Georgia can continue to lead the region in public health.