The Center’s History of Development
- 1937 – Establishment of the Plague Control Station in Georgia;
- 1992 – Research Center of Especially Dangerous Pathogens (EDPs);
- 1996 – National Center for Disease Control;
- 2003–2007 – Large-Scale Reorganization: Integration of Medical Statistics Center and Public Health Department into the NCDC;
- 2013 – Integration of R. Lugar Center for Public Health Research (CPHR) into the NCDC&PH
Protection and improvement of the health of Georgia’s population through scientific evidence-based prevention of diseases, preparing for and timely responding to threats of public health.
Strategic Goals and Objectives;
- Decrease of morbidity, disability and mortality caused by Communicable Diseases;
- Decrease of morbidity, disability and mortality caused by Non-communicable Diseases;
- Assessment and correction of environmental hazards and behavioral risk-factors for improvement of health status in population;
- Applied and fundamental bio-medical and bio-technological research.
Major fields of NCDC &PH activities :
1 . Public Health State Programs: Immunization, Safe Blood, TB, HIV / AIDS, Screening, Surveillance, Mother and Child Health, Occupational Health;
2 . Communicable Diseases Surveillance: Vaccine-preventable, Influenza, air-borne, water-borne and food-borne, nosocomial, vector-borne, parasitic, zoonotic, especially dangerous pathogens, viral hepatitis, STI/HIV / TB;
3 . Non-communicable Diseases Surveillance: Cardiovascular, Cancer, Diabetes, CRDs, Risk-Factors, Health Promotion, Behavioral Health;
4 . Environmental Health;
5 . Medical Statistics;
6 . Public Health Laboratories and their network coverage; 3 ZDLs, 7 LSSs and 1 Reference Laboratory – R. Lugar Center Infrastructure and Capabilities of R. Lugar Center for Public
- Location– Tbilisi, Kakheti Highway
- Area – 8,000 m2
- Lab Space – 2,551 m2
- BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories – Bacteriology; Serology; Molecular Biology; Genomic Center; Virology; Parasitology; Cell Cultures; Entomology; Vivarium; BSL-3 space for invited scientists;
- National collection of microorganisms (including EDPs)
- WHO accredited national reference labs (Polio; Influenza; Measles/Rubella); Labs (Invasive Meningitis, Rotaviruses, Salmonella, Diphtheria, Malaria), connected to the WHO and international network, can become WHO collaborative centers in future ;
- National reference labs for virology, bacteriology, serology, cell cultures, EDPs;
- One of the best regional base for training of students, masters and PhDs in bio-medical field;
- Vivarium – giving possibility for small-size animal researches according to modern standards;
- IHR Focal Point and committed Center for responding in Georgia;
NCDC&PH within 23 000 000 US $ implemented more than 160 international projects and research grants in the field of public health, including:
- Malaria Prevention and Control;
- Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza;
- Tularemia Epidemiology and Ecology in Georgia;
- Prevention of Amebiasis in Georgia;
- Enforcement of 100% Smoke-free Policy in Health Care Institutions and Secondary Schools of Georgia;
- Reproductive Health Survey (2000, 2005, 2010);
- Non-communicable Diseases Risk – factors Survey (STEPS);
- US CDC / GDD:
- South Caucasus Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP);
- Acute Febrile Disease Surveillance;
- Epidemiology and Control of Nosocomial Infections etc.
WHO, CDC, DTRA / DoD (WRAIR, CH2MHILL, USAMRIID), EU, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICRI, NIH/NIAID, GFTAM, ISTC, STCU, GAVI, USAID, BP, University of Oslo,
University of Maryland; University of Florida; Louisiana State University; Lawrance Livermore National Laboratory; etc.
National Food Agency / Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture (NFA/LMA), 6 Universities, Eliava Institute; private laboratories and clinics.
Multi-sectoral management model:
The Supervisory Board is composed of the representatives of the following ministries: Labor,
Health and Social Affairs, Agriculture, Finance, Education and Science, Environmental Protection, Defense and Interior.
297 regular staff (including 45 PhDs, 33 Masters )