On May 16, World Vision Georgia held the launch event of the project Leave No One Behind aimed at strengthening health and social systems affected by COVID-19 in Georgia. The project is carried out by World Vision Georgia in cooperation with National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and funded by Austrian Development Cooperation. To respond to the repercussions of the pandemic the following goals have been set within the frames of the project: raise awareness about public health issues and vaccinations among vulnerable groups, strengthen health and child protection systems in the country and provide needs-based support and improved services to the vulnerable groups who are under the state care. The event was opened by Ekaterine Gurgenadze – Director of World Vision Georgia, that was followed by speeches by Alexander Karner – Counselor/Head of Office, Austrian Development Agency and Nana Kavtaradze, Head of the Foreign Affairs Department, NCDC. The presentation of the project was held and an action plan was introduced to the audience. “Covid 19 pandemic left a lot of troubles afterwards and caused devastating situation, especially for Social and Health Care Systems in Georgia. Austrian Development Cooperation is a committed partner here in Georgia in general, but we also have a very specific fund which is called an emergency fund and this project is financed out of this emergency fund to help Georgia to overcome social and healthcare problems related to the post-Covid situation”, stated Alexander Karner. “At its core, “Leave No One Behind” aims to mitigate the devastating impact of COVID-19 after-shocks, particularly on the most vulnerable individuals. During any crisis, those who are already marginalized often bear the brunt of its consequences. Therefore, we are committed to supporting them and simultaneously strengthening the health and child protection systems in the post-COVID era. By focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable, we will work to uplift communities and provide them with the necessary information, tools and resources to overcome the challenges they face. We are immensely grateful to the Austria Development Cooperation for their generous funding, which empowers us to implement this highly important project and to our respected partners, World Vision Austria and the National Center for Disease Control of Georgia for collaboration. Together, we can create a society that leaves no one behind, where the impacts of crises are minimized, and the most vulnerable are provided with the care, protection, and support they deserve, ” noted Ekaterine Gurgenadze.
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