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© National Harm Raduction Conference Tbilisi 2019 

Organisers

For more than 30 years, Medecins Du Monde, a campaigning medical organization committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing healthcare and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies.

 

Those working for this independent organization do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations. 

Through innovative medical programmes and advocacy, we enable excluded individuals and their communities to access health while continuing to fight for universal access to healthcare. 

Pioneering harm reduction in France since the mid-1980s, MDM has also become a leading global player in harm reduction. 

Georgian representation of MDM operates since 2011 and works towards improving health of people who use drugs, with focus on priority areas of harm reduction and Hepatitis C. 

MDM works in partnership with community-based organizations, to develop models of care tailored to the specific needs of people who use drugs. 

MDM in Georgia also supports people who use drugs in their fight to change a highly stigmatising social environment and to decriminalize drug policy. 

Founded in 1994 as a part of the Open Society Foundations’ global network, the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) works to build vibrant and vocal civil society capable of holding government accountable to its citizens. The Foundation drives forward important policy debates and reforms.

Through grant-making and partnership projects funded from its national and international programs, the Foundation empowers civic organizations, civil rights activists and initiative groups to guard against threats to rights discourse and the risk of the country backtracking on democratic reform commitments.

Contribution to advancement of health and human rights by increasing participation of marginalized groups in decision-making and enhancing transparency & accountability of authorities towards health and social issues is the major goal of Public Health program of Open Society Georgia Foundation.

The Foundation’s Public Health program focuses on increasing access to quality health care for marginalized groups, advocating for improvement of pain management system, development of community based mental health services, protection of patients’ rights, advocating for endorsement of humane and health centred drug policy, advancing early intervention and inclusive education agenda by providing technical inputs and empowering stakeholders; establishing inclusive policy priority access to quality services for the most disadvantaged children with severe developmental delays and challenging behaviours.