U.S. Government Signs Agreement with Czech Development Agency to Jointly Fund Project on Addiction Science
TBILISI –Friday July, 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Czech Embassy in Tbilisi, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Czech Ambassador to Georgia, Ivan Jestrab, and the Czech Development Agency on a joint project to develop the field of addiction science in Georgia in order to reduce the use of narcotic drugs, the number of injecting drug users, and the threat of HIV in Georgia. Media is invited to attend.
The project will be implemented by the Georgian NGO Alternative Georgia in collaboration with a Czech partner, the Center of Addictology at the Charles University in Prague.
The project will develop a higher education curriculum in addictology, as well as a curriculum for continuous education to train teachers and trainers in the newly created and certified curricula. The curricula will be piloted in the Ilia State University, IB Euro-Caucasus University in Tbilisi, and Batumi State University.
The collaboration was made possible through the Emerging Donors Challenge Fund – a U.S. initiative to encourage partnership projects with countries in Eastern Europe that have established their own development programs after successfully graduating from being receivers of assistance.
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