On December 7, 2010, Counterpart International celebrated the delivery and distribution of critically needed medical equipment at the Telavi Maternity House, known locally as “Sikharuli,” in the Kakheti region of Georgia, located 160 km (100 miles) east of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
Counterpart handed over a birthing bed, cardio bed and metal crib valued at more than $18,000. Local partner, Hellenicare, also contributed, donating medical supplies and offering free medical check-ups via their mobile medical team. Before this equipment donation, 500 pregnant women annually were treated at the Maternity House with outdated, unreliable equipment. With this technological upgrade, Sikharuli has seen a 10 percent increase in the number of patients seeking treatment at their facility over the past month.
“We are very proud to be able to deliver high quality, state-of-the-art medical equipment to the Telavi Maternity House. It has increased the quality of healthcare services provided at the maternity house for women in the region,” remarked Rang Hee Kim, Director of Humanitarian Assistance at Counterpart International.
This distribution comes just months after the completion of the maternity house’s own renovation project to update the main building.
The distribution event was attended by the Governor of Kakheti, Giorgi Ghviniashsvili, and other local government representatives. Several leading Georgian television channels – Rustavi2, Imedi, Channel 1, Gorbi TV and Tanamgzavri – highlighted the event.
Please read more about Counterpart’s Humanitarian Assistance Program.