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Georgia Health Cluster - Situation report No. 2, 20 Oct 2008

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- The Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) will be presented at a donor conference in Brussels on October 22nd

- No communicable disease outbreaks reported

- Relocation efforts of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are continuing

- Health Cluster Coordination meetings are held regularly, hosted by the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs (MoLHSA)

- The Flash Appeal revision has been completed and harmonized with the Joint Needs Assessment (JNA)

GENERAL SITUATION UPDATE

- The majority of the 130 000 people displaced after the conflict has now been relocated. Government-funded construction activities to provide permanent housing to IDPs unable to return to the places of their permanent residence are progressing rapidly;

- Currently 21 949 IDPs are located in Tbilisi and 15 448 are scattered in different regions;

- The IDP tent camp in Gori was closed on October 12 and dismantled on October 14;

- European Union observers are monitoring the ceasefire between Georgia and Russia.

JOINT NEEDS ASSESSMENT (JNA) TO BE PRESENTED AT THE DONOR CONFERENCE ON GEORGIA IN BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 22

- The Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) final document was prepared as a collaborative effort by the Georgian Government, the UN, the EU and the WB, based on the Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) methodology. It is a comprehensive compilation of rehabilitation and recovery needs in Georgia and outlines a sequenced implementation plan for agreed interventions over a three year period;

- It proposes to the donor conference in Brussels that donors commit a total envelope of US$ 3.25 billion over 3 years, out of which US$ 930 million are estimated for budget support; US$ 1 billion are estimated needs for the social sector, and US$ 1.25 billion for infrastructure support;

- The needs based implementation plan covers three sequential time periods for the identified priority interventions:

- Phase one: 6 months; October 2008 - March 2009

- Phase two: 12 months; April 2009 - March 2010

- Phase three: 18 months; April 2010 - September 2011;

- The UN has been leading the social sector component, with WHO as health cluster lead, collaborating with the MoLHSA to compile the health needs and to outline the necessary immediate and medium term health interventions;

- The health component of the JNA identified aggregated financial needs of US$ 174.2 million for the three years period covered, with main expenditures planned for:

- Expanded coverage and entitlement package of the Medical Assistance Program for Poor and Vulnerable Populations;

- Reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged health infrastructure;

- Health services provision, prioritizing mobile medical teams to support IDPs, the physical rehabilitation of conflict victims (prosthesis and physiotherapy), and mental health and psychosocial support.