CoReform Project and the Ministry of Health Mark the Completion of the First Stage of Trainings on ICPC2 Application

Today, July 24th the CIF under the auspices of the USAID funded CoReform project hosted the award ceremony dedicated to the completion of the first stage of the training course on Classifications for Hospital, Ambulatory and Laboratory interventions.

30 Master Trainers from Primary Health Care Centers upon the training completion were honored to be awarded with special certificates in International Classification for Primary Care (ICPC 2) by Alexander Kvitashvili, the Minister of Labor, Health, and Social Affairs.

Today’s closing event was preceded by series of trainings launched in May and aimed at delivering knowledge upon application of International Classification for Primary Care (ICPC 2) for ambulatory services. During 3 months period over 130 employees from 28 health care centers have been trained.

The Minister in his greeting speech congratulated participants with completion of the course mentioning that “Continuous education is necessary for any specialist to grow professionally”. He also expressed his gratitude towards USAID for funding projects thus beneficial for Georgian community. “The recent visit of the US Vice President Joe Biden gave us the clear signal that US government stands with Georgia in undertaking any effort addressing political, economic or social issues. USAID on the behalf of the US government shows its support to development of these fields and this is very important for us. Initiatives it funds will lead to welfare of our citizens”, state the Minister. 

Julian Simidjiyski, the Chief of Party of CoReform project from ABT Associates thanked the Minister for honoring the event and stressed the contribution of trainers. “Without their dedication this event would not have happened”, he said.

George Khechinashvili, Program Management Specialist of the Office of Health and Social Development of the USAID Caucasus in his speech put special emphasis on the importance of the International Classifications for Medical Interventions for the country’s health sector and expressed his deep gratitude to the CoReform project, CIF and project experts in doing such an amazing job.

As mentioned by the participants the training has turned out to be exceptionally beneficial for them in terms of content and efficient manner of delivering the information.

“It is almost 10-11 years we have been participating in trainings provided in the field of health care, although none of the trainings have been as beneficial as this one. I deemed how we have been working without ICPC until today, how we managed to set priorities and how the process of reporting worked. Adoption of this system is extremely important for improving the performance of providers as well as their services”, said Rusudan Chitaishvili, on behalf of ALDAGI BCI Assistance.

Trainings are still underway and by the end of September 40 health care professionals will be trained additionally. This time it will focus on NOMESCO Classification for Surgical Procedures (NCSP).

Noteworthy, the Ministry has obtained the license for application of the ICPC 2 in Georgia. Currently the Ministry is proceeding with issuing the normative decree to make all classifications official national classifications.

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