Lifelong Learning in the Field of Addictology
February 3rd, 2015 - lifelong learning training for general practitioners. The Director of Addiction Research center "Alternative Georgia", Mr. Davit Otiashvili delivered the lecture "Drug Use Public Health Perspective"; Mzia Tabatadze, Program Manager of "Alternative Georgia", talked about brief interventions in addictology field applied in primary healthcare.
February 23rd 2015, Tomas Zabransky, professor from the Charles University in Prague, the Advisor of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health of the Czech Republic, gave a public lecture "The Most Popular Plant: Universal Medicine or Devil’s Weed?" at Ilia State University.
Tomas Zabransky: Public Lecture
February 24, 2015 - The Tempus Project Steering Committee consisting of 12 partner organizations held annual meeting to discuss project status updates, achievements and challenges, and to discuss future plans. The topics of the meeting included the following: developing modules in addictology on BA and MA level at the Ilia State university and Georgian Institue of Public Affairs; upcoming summer school in Hamburg.
The Steering Commitee Meeting
Training of Trainers in Addictology at the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf, 31Aug. - 11 Sep., 2015
In September 2015 the University Clinic of Hamburg hosted training of trainers in addictology. The training was attended by representatives from the Tempus project partner institutions:Addiction Research Center Alternative Georgia, Ilia State University, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi State Medican University, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgian Associacion of Addictologists, Global Initiative on Psychiatry - Tbilisi.
The first week of the training was dedicated to bio-psycho-social approach in addiction and addiction care, including research and monitoring topics; the second week conceded interventions, methods, services and its evaluation. The trainees also had visits to low threshold site and opioid substitution treatment clinic.
The First General Population Survey on Drug Use in Georgia
On May 4, 2016, the presentation of preliminary results of the general population survey on drugs and related attitudes (GPS) in Georgia took part at the premises of the National Centre for Disease Control in Tbilisi today. The survey is first of its kind in the countries of former Soviet Union and was conducted within the project Strengthening the Research Capacity in Addictology (Addiction Science) in Georgia that is funded by the USAID and Czech Developmental Agency within the USAID Emerging Donors Program.
The survey has been conducted by the Georgian researchers coordinated by the Addiction Research Center Alternative Georgia and supported by the scientist from the Charles University in Prague, the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction and prominent US researchers.
Not only the survey is being conducted strictly in accord with the standards of the EMCDDA model questionnaire for GPS, and with the guidelines of the US Household Surveys on Drugs; it also applies several novel methodologies aiming to overcome the cultural sensitivity of the drug use (and other marginal behaviors) that represents a phenomena threatening the reliability of studies in the drug field in the Southern Caucasus region. The preliminary results confirmed the efficacy of those novel methods that are substantially improving the quality of the survey and making its results highly useful for the drug policy planning in the Republic of Georgia.
Full results of the survey and the study report (in English and Georgian) will be presented at the press conference in the last week of July 2016.
On June 27, 2016, The National Center of Disease Control and Public Health hosted the presentation of 2014 annual report on the Drug Situation in Georgia.
The Drug Situation in Georgia - 2014 Annual Report Presentation
On January 27, 2015, in frames of Tempus project, training for social workers was conducted, concerning skills of working with beneficiaries. The training was conducted by Mr. David Otiashvili, Director of Addiction Research Center - Alternative Georgia, and Irma Kirtadze, Senior Researcher. During the training drug use and public health, global and local context of drug epidemiology was discussed.
Training of Social Workers
14-25 July 2014 Jagellonian University hosted the training of trainers in addictology.The training conducted within the framework of ADDIGE project aimed at developing the skills of trainers in addictology via an interdisciplinary lecturing program.
The Training of Trainers
ADDIGE Project Partners Final Conference at the Batumi State University
ADDIGE Final Press Conference
Project partner's final meting was held on February 14-16 and hosted by Batumi State University. which was attended by the representatives of partner organizations, namely: representatives from European partners - Charles University in Prague, Hamburg University; Batumi State University, Tbilisi State University, Ilia State University, Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, member of Georgian Association of Addictologists, NGO Alternative Georgia and NGO Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi. Partners presented project final outcomes, achievements and discussed future plans.
ADDIGE final meeting was held on February 17th, 2017, at the Ilia State University. The meeting was opened with the presentation by Jindřich Vobořil, representative of Czech government and drug policy consultant (drug czar). After the presentation, project outcomes and main achievements were presented to the guests from partner organizations, Erasmus+ National Office, EU Delegation to Georgia, other interested parties and the representatives of the Georgian government and ministries as well. During the meeting the National Drug Report 2015 and other project-related reports were distributed.