Healthy Women in Georgia

Dates: 2012

Country: Georgia

Client(s): USAID

Services: Technical Assistance, Training

Technical Expertise: Newborn and Child Health , Health Systems Strengthening, Maternal Health


While overcoming the post-Soviet economic collapse and subsequent lack of resources, the health care system in Georgia is characterized by an imbalance between demand and supply, with large numbers of clients unable to access women's health services. An uneven geographical distribution of health facilities makes access to health care particularly difficult in rural areas.

The goal of the Healthy Women in Georgia (HWG) Program was to improve evidence-based, women-friendly and client-focused family planning, reproductive health, and safe delivery services, counseling, and education in target communities. Healthy Woman Georgia piloted the liberalization of family planning services and antenatal care in 44 health facilities in disadvantaged rural and urban communities. This successful pilot was scaled-up to 123 facilities throughout the regions where HWG worked. Because of this success, major policy changes in Georgia were pursued to improve access to FP and ANC nationwide. Finally the project improved overall access and utilization of modern contraceptives through public and private sector initiatives.

The Healthy Women in Georgia Program was implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. in collaboration with five partners: Save the Children USA, the Orthos Fund, Curatio International Foundation, CLARITAS, and the Caucasus Social Marketing Association. The Program closed at the end of September 2009.

Watch a video about parenting classes offered through the Healthy Women in Georgia program.


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