Discussing the accessibility of medicines in Georgia

Curatio International Foundation, within the framework of the ongoing project: “Engaging civil society in decision-making and monitoring in Georgian healthcare sector” supports strengthening and consolidating civil society representatives interested in health care for advocacy on health issues. To this end, we started a joint discussion on the problematic issues of the health system to identify systemic shortcomings, to collect evidence and to set an action plan for change.

In June, within the initiative, Curatio International Foundation held a workshop to discuss the accessibility of medicines in Georgia. Representatives of more than 20 interested organizations, including civil society, media, and academy, we discussed an important challenge of the pharmaceutical industry, which makes it difficult for the population to get access to medicines.

In Georgia, the share of payments from a pocket is still high on healthcare and consists of 57% of family expenses. 2/3 of this expenditure is spent on medicines. These conditions set a third of the population under a threat of poverty. Representatives of Civil Society Organizations speak on the high prices of medicines, watch the short video:

The project aims to strengthen CSOs working on Health Systems to participate in the decision-making process, to assume watchdog functions, monitor enforcement of policies and advocate for better health for all. The project is funded by Open Society Foundation through proactive cooperation with Open Society Georgian Foundation.

We plan to run blog series addressing accessibility on medicines in Georgia. Stay tuned!

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