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Global and Environmental Health

This category is design to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatest impact on preventing disease and improving human health, the AISER focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers.

Command, control, and management

By Ramaz Mitaishvili, MD

Command Structure

The PCDCP Director (or his/her designee) is responsible for officially activating the AISER’s Pandemic Influenza Response Plan during an influenza pandemic. The PCDCP Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) describes the AISER Incident Command System structure that will be implemented in the event of a public health emergency, including an influenza pandemic. In addition, the EOP outlines the procedures for activating and operating the PCDCP Intervention Resource. The PCDCP Director will decide when to activate this command system and/or the based on current information and recommendations from the Central Georgian Governments Health Officer and the State Epidemiologist and coordinates with appropriate health department in Abkhazian de-facto government.

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Foundation of Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Abkhazia

By Ramaz Mitaishvili, MD

Foundation of Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Abkhazia, including monitoring of Avian Influenza, ASF, malaria, cholera


Proposed Center will cover Caucasus, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, as well as Black Sea area, including Turkey, Ukraine and other countries. We believe that foundation of Center for Disease Control and Prevention in cooperation with separatist self-proclaimed government and policies are needed to restore humanitarian assistance to the people in Abkhazia, but caution that new restrictions imposed by the separatists are making such efforts more difficult.

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Haiti: MSF Treats

Haiti: MSF Treats Over 160 Victims of Violence in Port-au-Prince
Despite relative calm, MSF continues to provide medical care to those injured in latest round of civil unrest

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Journalist Training Workshop Conducted In Botswana

With support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Emergency Plan/ PEPFAR), a workshop for newspaper and broadcast journalists was conducted in Botswana in conjunction with World AIDS Day, December 1, 2007. The goals of the workshop were to enhance the quality of HIV/AIDS reporting and to create opportunities for journalists to engage with HIV/AIDS stakeholders in Botswana. Botswana President Festus Mogae gave the keynote address at the workshop. During his remarks, President Mogae spoke of the need for Botswana to consider all prevention options in order to stage a comprehensive response against new HIV infections.

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President Bush signs Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007

President Bush signed into law the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act (P.L. 110-173), and some of the bill’s provisions will affect Medicare payments to anesthesiologists.

The legislation provides a temporary 0.5 percent increase to Medicare payments for physicians for dates of service through June 30, 2008.  This increase, combined with the 32 percent anesthesia work value increase (25 percent overall anesthesia conversion factor increase) secured by ASA via the RUC process late last year, brings the 2008 anesthesia conversion factor to $19.9698.  This is up from $16.19 in 2007.

Read more: President Bush signs Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007

Powers of the PCDCP in Abkhazia

By Dr. Ramaz Mitaishvili
Quarantine and Isolation
The PCDCP (proposed Center for Disease Control and Prevention), through the Director, or under his/her direction and supervision, has the power to establish, maintain and enforce isolation and quarantine, and in pursuance thereof, and for such purpose only, to exercise such physical control over property and over the persons of the people within this state as necessary for the protection of the public health. Any person who has been quarantined may appeal to the appropriate district court at any time for release from the quarantine.

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Command, control, and management of influenza pandemic in Abkhazia

By Dr. Ramaz Mitaishvili
Command Structure
The PCDCP Director (or his/her designee) is responsible for officially activating the AISER’s Pandemic Influenza Response Plan during an influenza pandemic. The PCDCP Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) describes the AISER Incident Command System structure that will be implemented in the event of a public health emergency, including an influenza pandemic. In addition, the EOP outlines the procedures for activating and operating the PCDCP Intervention Resource. The PCDCP Director will decide when to activate this command system and/or the based on current information and recommendations from the Central Georgian Governments Health Officer and the State Epidemiologist and coordinates with appropriate health department in Abkhazian de-facto government.

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Philosophy of PCDCP Program

Dr. Ramaz Mitaishviliby Ramaz Mitaishvili
Glendale, CA
In the years after its creation, the Center will play an instrumental role in improving the public health infrastructure by helping to boost laboratory capacity. Laboratory should employee advanced technologies in accordance of worldwide requirements.

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Global Disease Detection

In February 2003, the first cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) were reported in Asia. Within a few months, it had traversed the globe, spreading to more than two dozen countries on four continents killing 774 of the 8,098 people it infected.

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HHS Secretary and U.S. Delegation Visit Sites in South Africa

HHS Secretary and U.S. Delegation Visit Sites in South Africa Funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Senior U.S. government officials, led by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Michael O. Leavitt, visited Mercy Clinic in the Gauteng Province of South Africa yesterday, founded in 1988 by religious sisters from the Order of Mercy. The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports the Hope for Life HIV/AIDS Project at the clinic.

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