This system is operated by the Social Service Agencies (at central and regional levels), health and social service providers (day care centres, small group homes, rehabilitation centres, etc.), as well as state contracted social workers.
We also support the Government in strengthening policies and interventions that address and improve the nutritional status of pregnant women, mothers and children .In particular, UNICEF’s technical support and close collaboration with the Government and the United States Center for Disease Control (US CDC) resulted in the establishment of the National Nutrition Monitoring and Surveillance System which is able to systematically collect and analyze trends in a defined set of nutritional status indicators in a population. This system is functional in four regions of Georgia. Relevant data is provided by the eight sentinel sites (two clinics per region). We continue to strengthen the local analytical capacity in outlining follow up policy recommendations.
Finally, we advocate for folic acid and iron supplementation, enforcement of mandatory wheat flour fortification and for increased exclusive breastfeeding rates in Georgia.