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Project information

Better care for disabled children in Georgia

This project aims to improve the quality of life of severely disabled children in Tbilisi, Georgia by strengthening the training of professionals who care for them at home, including Psychologists, Occupational and Speech Therapists. This will be done by developing a specialist training programme.

January 2019 - July 2019

Charity information: HealthProm

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  • Need


    Evidence shows that children with severe disabilities are amongst the most vulnerable groups in the world, and are still frequently excluded from societies. In Georgia, cultural stigma towards disability persists, often leaving children and families isolated at home. In Tbilisi, many families rely on home-based care provided by HealthProm’s partner charity, First Step Georgia. First Step Georgia needs additional training for its professional teams which HealthProm has the expertise to provide.


    Our project will develop the capacity and specialist skills of professionals providing home-based care to severely disabled children in Tbilisi. Working in partnership with local charity First Step Georgia, this will be achieved through designing and implementing customised trainings to strengthen skills in areas already identified through a local needs assessment. These include speech therapy and alternative communication methods, sensory processing disorders and support methods for parents.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Develop new working partnerships in Georgia.


    » Carry out an initial scoping visit to Tbilisi to discuss project planning with First Step Georgia and consult with target professionals.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the launch of a successful working partnership between HealthProm and First Step Georgia, and familiarisation with the local context and needs.

    Aim 2

    Strengthen specialist skills and knowledge amongst outreach professionals.


    » Design training programme in collaboration with First Step Georgia.
    » Identify and engage expert trainers (local and international).
    » Implement trainings and obtain feedback from participants.
    » Follow-up with participants two months post-training.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the improved skills and knowledge of professionals, and reported application of knowledge acquired two months post-training.

  • Impact


    This project will contribute to strengthened capacity of essential outreach workers that deliver home-based services to this highly vulnerable group of children and families in Tbilisi. Their improved skills in home-based therapeutic child support will allow them to maximise the care they provide for these families during their visits. We will demonstrate the project’s success by analysing the results of feedback questionnaires immediately after and two months post-training.


    There may be a risk that some professionals may not wish to participate in the trainings. This risk will be mitigated by working closely with First Step Georgia, which has strong relationships with its professional outreach teams. This will minimise the possibility of low participation. In addition, the professional teams themselves have expressed a need for additional professional training, so the likelihood of poor participation or attrition is low.


    We will provide a final report outlining progress against plans and timelines and key achievements. We will also provide case studies highlighting 'stories of change' from beneficiaries.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Initial Scoping Visit HealthProm planning visit to Tbilisi. Includes travel, accommodation and per diems
      £4,000 Local Training Includes trainer fees, venue and refreshments
      £1,500 International Training Additional training from international experts in key training areas
      £1,000 Local Implementation Local project implementation and management by First Step Georgia
      £500 Technical Support Technical guidance and overall project management by HealthProm
  • Background


    Following the collapse of the USSR, Georgia has undergone a number of political, economic and social reforms, and the government has become increasingly pro-Western. Despite this, poverty— particularly child poverty— remains a persistent issue and source of social inequality. There are many vulnerable groups of children in the country including the disabled and those from ethnic minorities. UNICEF has specifically identified the social inclusion of vulnerable children as a national priority.


    First and foremost, children living with severe disabilities will benefit from this project through better training of the specialist professionals that care for them. Second, the professionals themselves will benefit from skills development and increased capacity as a result of training. We estimate that 20-30 professionals (including Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists) will participate.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    HealthProm has over 30 years of experience working in the former Soviet Union to promote the health and social care of vulnerable children and women. We pride ourselves upon acting as a catalyst to bring people and organisations together, develop the capacity of our local partners and support reforms in health and social care in the countries where we operate. We successfully manage multi-year projects in six countries, offering us the skills and track record to carry out this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tanya Buynovskaya

    Director of Operations at HealthProm, London. Responsible for project oversight and overall management.

    Tamuna Zaalishvili

    Director at First Step Georgia, Tbilisi. Responsible for the operational management of this project.