09TBILISI1379, GEORGIA: TAFT GRANT CLOSEOUT FOR WOMEN’S WELLNESS

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09TBILISI1379 2009-07-30 11:11 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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UNCLAS TBILISI 001379 
 
SIPDIS 
 
MOSCOW FOR REFCOORD (LKIERANS) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREF EAID GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: TAFT GRANT CLOSEOUT FOR WOMEN'S WELLNESS 
CARE ALLIANCE HERA 
 
REF: 08 SECSTATE 35430 
 
1. Summary:  On July 7, Poloff visited the NGO Women's 
Wellness Care Alliance - HERA (HERA), and several 
beneficiaries of the Julia Taft Grant funding for Internally 
Displaced Persons (IDP).  One of the activities conducted by 
HERA, the Mobile Clinics Project, received USG $14,225.00 
from the Taft Fund and focused on (a) updating reproductive 
health services and information provided, (b) improving 
reproductive health information, and (c) increasing 
accessibility to reproductive health services and 
information, all for IDP women. Thanks to the Taft grant, 45 
health care professionals and 543 women received training on 
these health care issues.  Health care professionals and IDP 
women reported that the program increased their knowledge and 
improved their practices.  They also valued establishing 
working contacts with HERA.  The targeted IDP's have been 
living in former hotels and schools ("collectives") converted 
into "temporary" housing after the 1993 conflicts for 16 
years.  End Summary. 
 
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS 
 
2.  HERA trained IDP health care providers in the communities 
of Tskaltubo, Samtredia and Kutaisi in modern reproductive 
health (including HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted 
infections) and women's health issues.  Comparing initial and 
final training surveys showed that each community increased 
their working knowledge as a result of the training (over 55% 
in Tskaltubo and Samtredia, and 70% in Kutaisi). The Kutaisi 
participants were most actively involved in discussing modern 
approaches to diagnosing and referring reproductive tract 
cancers, especially breast cancer. 
 
IMPROVED NETWORK FOR IDP WOMEN 
 
3.  Six health fairs were held for IDP women at collectives 
in the three communities.  Overall, 543 women participated in 
the fairs.  They, in turn, passed on what they had learned to 
other women in their respective collectives.  The fairs 
focused on the early detection of breast cancer and overall 
reproductive health.  In a follow up visit, IDP women in 
Samtredia remarked that they were grateful for the training 
and regularly perform self-exams.  The fairs were lively and 
participatory and helped establish relationships between IDP 
representatives and HERA that were previously absent.  While 
conducting health awareness activities is a primary function 
of HERA, working specifically with IDPs was new.  HERA 
intends to continue to network wit clinics and specialists 
providing services to the IDP community, as well as to share 
and collaborate on health related information and issues. 
HERA's involvement has been especially appreciated at the IDP 
Clinic in Kutaisi, where many of the health care 
professionals working there are themselves IDPs. The 
resulting new network between HERA and IDP community leaders 
stands to help better serve IDP communities. 
 
BREAKDOWN OF BUDGET 
 
ITEM  QTY   UNIT COST   MODEL TOTAL COST 
 
SALARY PROJECT COORDINATOR    6 MO. 200.00            1,200.00 
SALARY FINANCE MANAGER  6 MO. 100.00              600.00 
PRINTING IEC BOOKLETS   2000     .50            2,999.43 
HONORARIUM FOR DOCTORS  30          100.00            3,000.00 
HONORARIUM FOR NURSES   60           50.00            3,000.00 
PETROL                                    2,554.78 
PHONE                                 578.33 
INTERNET                                    221.94 
BANK FEES                                    73.41 
 
TOTAL COST                              $14,227.89 
 
THANKS TO PRM FOR ONGOING SUPPORT 
 
4.  Post is greatful for the continued support provided by 
PRM through the effective use of Julia Taft Grants. 
QPRM through the effective use of Julia Taft Grants. 
TEFFT

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