› Provides medicine and medical supplies to 70 health facilities
Georgia has had a turbulent history since its independence in 1991. Separatist movements in the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia resulted in the internal displacement of nearly 300,000 people. This and the dramatic collapse of Georgia's economy after the dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in civil unrest, widespread unemployment and significant increases in maternal and infant mortality as people struggled to survive. UMCOR began humanitarian operations in 1993 to address the needs of women and children by providing essential medicines and treatment practices, aimed at combating the most common and preventable illnesses facing this group. This mission has grown since its inception to implement a number of transitional development projects throughout the country.
UMCOR is implementing the Livelihood Support for IDPs from Abkhazia Project with support from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to improve the level of self reliance and livelihoods of 1,200 internally displaced people (IDPs) living at the Kopitnari IDP Settlement in Imereti Region of Western Georgia. This project will accomplish the following:
- Support the small business of IDP farmers involved in livestock husbandry through establishing a dairy processing unit
- Create new jobs to operate and manage the newly established dairy processing unit.
- Support the Kopitnari IDP association with business and organizational training to manage and operate the established dairy processing unit
- Improve the local IDP livestock breed through introducing artificial insemination technique to increase milk production
Through the project, UMCOR anticipates increased IDP household incomes through a) selling raw milk supply to the dairy processing unit; b) eliminating costs of home production and transportation of cheese; c) transforming home cheese-making to small-scale commercial dairy processing; d) increasing output and diversification of dairy products; and e) enhancing the local cow breed’s milking capacity using artificial insemination.
UMCOR began its health-centered operations in Georgia by providing essential medicines to vulnerable women and children in the early 1990s. Today, the organization implements its ongoing pharmaceutical distribution program through a combination of relief and development health projects, such as maternal and child health, training to health practitioners and technical assistance in primary health care areas.
UMCOR's Pharmaceutical Distribution program has been providing assistance to vulnerable people since 1993. The program provides millions of dollars worth of high quality medicines and medical supplies to approximately 200,000 vulnerable children, elderly and other vulnerable Georgians through distributions to health clinics, orphanages, elderly homes and other institutions each year.
Maternal and Child Health
In response to effects of the 2008 conflict, UMCOR’s multi-donor funded Maternal and Child Health project addresses emergency health and nutritional needs through the provision of Breast Milk Substitute (BMS), complementary food and hygiene supplies to non-breastfed infants, pregnant women, lactating mothers, and mothers who have been clinically diagnosed as being unable to breastfeed largely due to stress and other complications. Since 2008, BMS has been distributed according to set international standards to 1,396 non-breastfed infants residing in 27 different locales. Breast-feeding and re-lactation was encouraged when possible. An estimated 4,224 lactating mothers, pregnant women and mothers that were diagnosed as unable to lactate have also been assisted.
PARTNERS IN OUR WORK
UMCOR Georgia works with a variety of partners to make our work possible. In addition to the private funds we receive through The United Methodist Church we also receive support from the following:
US Department of State
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees