RVF is conducting a pilot program to screen newborns for critical heart defects in in the Georgian capitol of Tbilisi. All newborns in Tbilisi- approximately 20,000 infants in 2014 – were screened for life-threatening congenital heart defects.
RVF has worked in Georgia to prevent the transmission of HIV and hepatitis B from mother to child and to ensure the timely treatment of hypothyroidism in newborns. Even though the country has limited financial resources, the government of Georgia is contributing both money and its own experts to the achievement of these goals. The Ministry of Health took over the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination program in January 2010 and the programs to prevent the transmission of HIV and hepatitis B from mother to child in April 2010 and January 2013 respectively.
RVF’s current programs in Georgia:
RVF’s completed programs in Georgia: