Project to prevent water-related diseases in Georgia takes off

WHO/Enkhtsetseg Shinee

Testing drinking-water for nitrate concentrations in rural Georgia

Most of the rural population in Georgia is not connected to a well-managed centralized water supply and has limited access to safe water at home. This causes a high incidence of water-related diseases.

Thanks to the project facilitation mechanism (PFM) created under the Protocol on Water and Health, a project proposed by Georgia to increase access to safe water has started, with technical and financial support from Germany. Through the PFM, WHO/Europe provides technical assistance and coordinates project activities with both countries.

The project pilot-tests the introduction of water-safety plans in two districts in Georgia. Upon its completion, Georgian authorities are expected to be able to carry out further assessment and improvement programmes, aiming to extend these activities over the whole country in a consistent way.

Experts from Germany and WHO/Europe carried out their first advisory mission to Georgia from 30 January to 4 February 2011. They organized a meeting for stakeholders and hands-on methodological training, and made field visits and detailed plans for implementing, monitoring and reporting on the project.