U.S. Director of Cooperative Threat Reduction Directorate commends Georgia’s progress in public health program (April 29)


On April 29, a U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Threat Reduction Program delegation led by Dr. Elizabeth George, the Director of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Directorate for DTRA, visited the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday to take part in an annual review of Cooperative Threat Reduction programs in Georgia. Dr. George commended the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health, Labour, and Social Affairs in their fulfillment of mutual animal and human health program goals in Georgia, and also reviewed USG and Georgian progress at the Richard G. Lugar Center for Public Health Research.  The Lugar Center is a certified Biosafety Level-3 facility that performs a unique role in identifying especially dangerous pathogens, research, and public health for the region.  Distinguished attendees included the Georgian Minister of Agriculture Otar Danelia, Deputy Minister of Health, Labor, and Social Affairs Valeri Kvaratskhelia, as well as representatives from Georgia’s National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, the Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Food Agency, and the Eliava Institute.  Representatives from the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research also participated in the event.