Ambassador Kelly and Georgian Officials Close Out Successful Partnership Combating Tuberculosis and Look Forward to New Public-Private Partnership Pro

On June 7, AmbaIMG_8793ssador Kelly joined Georgia’s Deputy Health Minister to mark the successful completion of a 13 year-long joint US-Georgia project to combat tuberculosis (TB) in Georgia.  Funded by USAID, the multi-million dollar assistance program reduced the overall number of TB cases in Georgia, increased the capacity of Georgia’s national TB program to provide better quality services, introduced new TB treatment schemes, and intensified early case detection.  Now the United States and Georgia are looking forward to a new public-private partnership with the U.S.-based Janssen Therapeutics that will provide free doses of a new and effective medication to people suffering from multi-drug resistant TB.  Georgia will be the first country to benefit from this life-saving initiative.  Ambassador Kelly said, “The goal here – much as our goal with the program we have to combat Hepatitis C – is to help Georgia eradicate this terrible disease.”