A beneficiary expressing her appreciation, on behalf of the local population, to Mr. Zurab Arsoshvili for renovating and equipping the clinic.

On January 25, 2011, Counterpart International’s Georgia Country Program Director, Irakli Saralidze, and Project Manager, Guram Gurashvili, joined others in celebrating Counterpart distribution of medical supplies that complemented the opening ceremony of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded renovation of the Nikozi Outpatient Clinic in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia.

During the opening ceremony, Zurab Arsoshvili, the State Governor of the Gori, Kaspi, Kareli and Khashuri Municipalities, declared that the clinic will begin providing health care services free of charge.

Mr. Arsoshvili hopes that in the near future the people of Tskhinvali city will also be able to use the outpatient clinic for medical services: “Our priority is coordinating infrastructure in the villages bordering the occupied territories and especially opening new medical stations.” The Georgian Government has promised to provide better infrastructure to this area because during the 2008 civil conflict between Georgia and Russia, this area’s infrastructure – roads, water supply and hospitals – was destroyed.

Counterpart’s medical supplies totaled nearly $3,500 and will be used by the medical personnel to provide comprehensive care to their patients. Counterpart will continue support to the medical clinic under the scope of its current Humanitarian Assistance programming funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia.

UNDP implemented and monitored the renovations to the clinic from October to late December 2010. They were able to replace the water and heating systems and rehabilitate the warehouse and storage buildings. The Ministry of Health Care of Georgia equipped the renovated clinic with medical/office equipment and furniture.

The Nikozi Outpatient Clinic is staffed by a strong team of doctors and nurses, including a pediatrician and gynecologist. Now that the renovations to their clinic are complete, they are planning on expanding to hire a dentist and open a diagnostic department and an outpatient hospital.

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