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CDC Supported Health Security Policy Dialogue Held In Georgia
September 28, 2023

CDC Supported Health Security Policy Dialogue Held In Georgia

On September 28, the Ministry of Labor, Health, and Social Affairs (MoLHSA) convened a health security policy dialogue with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) European Regional Office.  First Deputy Tamar Gabunia led counterparts from the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, State Security Service, and Office of the Prime Minister to consensus on an approach and next steps for the development of Georgia’s National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) and advance compliance with binding commitments to International Health Regulations (2005).

By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange between sectors and key stakeholders, the policy dialogue addressed capacity development to address emerging health threats, strengthen health systems, and improve overall health preparedness, response, and resilience to emergencies in Georgia.  As a newly designated United States Government Intensive Support Partner (ISP) country for health security, initiating the process to develop a NAPHS allows for more effective and efficient partnership, as well as the information and tools to advocate for sustainable investments for long-term health security in Georgia.