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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.

Staying Healthy in Abkhazia: Manual for Russian Tourists

Dr. Ramaz Mitaishvili 
Health concerns should comprise an important piece of your preparation for a trip to Abkhazia (breakaway province of Georgia), and staying healthy on the road takes vigilance. Make it a priority. Subtropical heat and mosquitoes are the biggest dangers, other than motor-vehicle accidents, and travelers should exercise caution over the extreme change in diet and sanitary standards in Abkhazia -- especially if eating at local joints. But with just a few pretrip precautions and general prudence, you can enjoy a safe and healthy trip. Don’t forget that tourism in Abkhazia takes place illegally.

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Tenth of children stranded in Tshinvali face the risk of outbreak

Tenth of children stranded in Tshinvali region (breakaway province of Georgia) face the risk of death or lifelong complications if they are not immediately evacuated and receive urgent medical care, the AISER Health Department said Monday.

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Sandra E. Roelofs and SOCO Foundation

In 1998 the first lady of Georgia Sandra E. Roelofs founded the SOCO Foundation (www.soco.ge) a charitable non-governmental organization which conducts humanitarian projects for the most vulnerable groups sponsored by both Western-European and Georgian companies and individuals. The SOCO Foundation as of 2007 is mainly focusing on reproductive health and care for newborns.
From 1999 to 2003 Ms Roelofs was a free-lance business consultant for mainly Dutch companies interested in business opportunities in Georgia. At the same time she was coordinator for a management know-how transfer program funded by the Netherlands government and she was a visiting lecturer of French language at Tbilisi State University. From Fall 2003 she switched to the Caucasus School of Business, a private educational institution where she is presently teaching French to students.

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Concerns about Children's environmental health in Abkhazia

Children are our future, numbering over 2.3 billion worldwide (aged 0-19) and representing boundless potential. Child survival and development hinge on basic needs to support life; among these, a safe, healthy and clean environment is fundamental.  How many children are in Abkhazia now we have only to guess.

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New opportunity to respond to international public health threats

New opportunity to respond to international public health threats
14 JUNE 2007 | GENEVA -- The revised International Health Regulations (IHR) enter into force on Friday, 15 June. The Regulations consist of a comprehensive and tested set of rules and procedures which will help to make the world more secure from threats to global health. They were agreed by the World Health Assembly in 2005 and represent a major step forward in international public health security.

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Organ trade in Abkhazia

The organ trade became a global phenomenon. Since the introduction of the immuno-suppressant drugs organ transplantation has become a relatively safe operation. As a result in many parts of the world, the demand for organs far outweighs the supply. Brokers have stepped in, offering organs for sale to cover the deficit. We already inform that Abkhazia (breakaway province of Georgia) became a paradise for drug dealers and kidnapers.

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