Natia Shengelia

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OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to investigate HIV testing practice among female sex workers (FSWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM) in Tbilisi, Georgia and to identify determinants of never testing behaviour among MSM. METHODS Data obtained in two rounds of bio-behavioural surveys among FSWs (2006 and 2009) and MSM (2007 and 2010) were analysed.(More)
BACKGROUND In 2007 the Georgian government introduced a full state-subsidized Medical Insurance Program for the Poor (MIP) to provide better financial protection and improved access for socially and financially disadvantaged citizens. Studies evaluating MIP have noted its positive impact on financial protection, but find only a marginal impact on improved(More)
INTRODUCTION An accurate estimation of the population size of men who have sex with men (MSM) is critical to the success of HIV program planning and to monitoring of the response to epidemic as a whole, but is quite often missing. In this study, our aim was to estimate the population size of MSM in Tbilisi, Georgia and compare it with other estimates in the(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this article is to assess the impact of the new health financing reform in Georgia-'medical insurance for the poor (MIP)'-which uses private insurance companies and delivers state-subsidized health benefits to the poorest groups of the Georgian population. METHODS To evaluate the reform we looked at access to health care(More)
Discussed are the requirements for the methods and means of checking the electrical and radiation characteristics of radiodiagnostic equipment at three test levels, i.e. on release from the manufacturer, during the periodic test of the parameters and adjustment and repair in the clinic. Discussed are the description and construction of the simple and(More)
BACKGROUND The healthcare financing reforms initiated by the Government of Georgia in 2007 have positively affected inpatient service utilisation and enhanced financial protection, especially for the poor, but they have failed to facilitate outpatient service use among chronic patients. Non-communicable diseases significantly affect Georgia's ageing(More)
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