The EU has launched a twinning project in Georgia, worth 1.3 million EUR, to strengthen the blood safety system in Georgia –providing support to public health policies and programmes, particularly in the field of communicable diseases and blood transfusion.
The Georgian Health Ministry, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, the National Public Health Laboratory of Lithuania, and the Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will implement the project.
The project also aims to revise and update laws in the field of blood safety and assess the blood banks.
Per the project, Lithuanian and Dutch specialists will assist Georgia in strengthening national capacity, reorganising the blood transfusion service, creating new laboratory potential and transitioning to a voluntary blood donation model.
Upcoming plans consider retraining human resources by experts from the project’s partner countries.