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Together we are stronger: health emergencies | Georgia

The project aims to improve the preparedness of Georgia and Armenia for disasters, health emergencies above all. The aim is twofold: on the one hand, the emergency medical teams (EMTs) in Georgia and Armenia are to be trained. On the other hand, cooperation and coordination between EMTs in both countries in emergencies and disasters is to be improved.

The project

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    Project title: Together we are stronger – cooperative action to respond to cross-border emergencies

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    Project region: Georgia, Armenia

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    Financing: Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

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    Project volume: € 1,363,853.09

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    Duration: 2 years

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    Target group: Emergency medical technicians (EMTs)

The World Bank has identified Georgia and Armenia as two of the 60 countries most at risk. The South Caucasus is particularly vulnerable to disasters, particularly earthquakes. Natural disasters such as floods, landslides and avalanches have already caused significant economic damage in the past. The government reports that over the last 40 years, 70% of the country’s territory has been affected by natural disasters and that economic losses have exceeded $14 billion. It is therefore very important that Georgia and Armenia prepare for possible disasters or emergencies and strengthen cross-border cooperation in dealing with health emergencies. To this end, it is crucial that emergency medical teams (EMTs) operate effectively in both countries.

How the ASB is helping in Georgia

Creation of guidelines


The ASB conducted a study to see how well the emergency medical teams were working in Georgia and Armenia. The aim of this study was to find out what gaps and needs exist and what makes their work more difficult. The results of the study were then used to develop guidelines describing what equipment and procedures are needed and how staff should be trained. These guidelines were presented to stakeholders at meetings in both countries and are now an important resource to ensure that emergency medical teams in Georgia and Armenia can work effectively.

Training for emergency medical technicians


The ASB has developed a training module to train Georgian and Armenian trainers. These trainers then go on to teach courses for EMTs in Georgia and Armenia. The module includes specialist programmes on topics such as emergency management, health emergencies and standard operating procedures. Special attention is given to field exercises to teach practical skills.

In addition, training courses for EMTs were conducted to strengthen their organisational and technical skills.

Georgian and Armenian EMTs also participate in two-day simulation exercises to prepare for administering emergency medical care.

Digitisation of training material


As part of the project, all of the created materials will be digitised, including training modules for trainers and national training courses for EMTs, and these will then be uploaded to an online platform. This platform serves as a tool for the exchange of information and provides access to various learning materials. In addition, information on various international strategies and documents, such as the UN standards for emergency medical teams, is prepared and made available electronically.

A shared digital platform


A platform has been set up in Georgia and Armenia to bring together representatives of various ministries and state bodies in emergency situations. The aim is to improve internal coordination mechanisms and to allocate roles and responsibilities appropriately. The platform is used to discuss different scenarios in emergencies and to effectively plan the allocation of the available resources (financial, technical and personnel). 

Cross-border exercises


The ASB organises cross-border workshops to improve regional cooperation in disaster situations and health emergencies. In the first workshop, the findings of the needs assessment were presented and action plans for Georgia and Armenia were developed. Another issue addressed in the workshop was the designation of the staff to take on a coordinating role in the event of disasters and health emergencies. Furthermore, two-day exercises were conducted, during which emergency scenarios were discussed, for example, to clarify certain responsibilities. Now that the exercises are complete, the teams are able to work together, improve their performance and respond effectively to emergencies.

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