The Georgian Respiratory Association was established in 2004 with the aim of developing and promoting respiratory medicine in Georgia. Its main activities consist in promoting basic, epidemiological and clinical research in respiratory medicine; producing guidelines on the management of respiratory diseases; promoting continuing medical education for medical specialists and organizing scientific meetings and other events.
It has regional branches all over Georgia and has about 400
active members. Funding comes mainly from membership fees and
donations from different nongovernmental organizations. The
Association has made a significant contribution to the education
of doctors in remote parts of the country through the
organization of regional meetings held three times a year. It is
the first medical association in
This allows for the continuous exchange of the latest medical
information. It also publishes the Georgian Respiratory Journal,
the country’s only medical publication in respiratory medicine.
Other achievements are the organization of its first
international congress, which provided an opportunity to discuss
modern methods of diagnosis and management of different
respiratory diseases; the congress has received European
accreditation. The Association has also prepared the first
national guidelines for respiratory diseases, with appropriate
training processes. It collaborates internationally and has
begun pilot projects on surveillance of chronic respiratory
diseases at primary health-care levels.
The aim of the Georgian Respiratory Association is:
Development and promotion of respiratory medicine in Georgia.
To achieve these objectives the GRA undertakes a number of key activities:
Promote basic, epidemiological and clinical research in respiratory
Produce scientific publications by the editing, printing, and
publishing of reviews, journals, bulletins to promote, encourage or
disseminate research or educational work in the field of respiratory
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