Greek Medical Fund “Hippocrates” – History of 20 Years Success
On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary from the establishment of the first Primary Health Care Initiative (PHCI) medical Center in Georgia, the Greek Medical Fund “Hippocrates” and HELLENICARE, medical humanitarian organization, with the support of the Embassy of the Hellenic Republic will organize a reception on Friday, June 14 at the premises of the Greek Medical Fund “Hippocrates”.
Witnessing the harrowing living conditions of people living in Georgia, Andrew Athens, first President and founder of the World Council of Hellenes has established the Primary Health Care Initiative (PHCI) in 1997. Within the initiative, in September 1998 the first medical center in Tbilisi began providing medical care and treatment to Hellenes and population of Georgia in need free of charge. Later GMF “Hippocrates” opened branches/small clinics in Tsalka, KvemoKartli region and Tsikhijvari, Borjomi region.
GMF “Hippocrates” was equipped with latest diagnostic machines received with the help of the Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in Georgia through development programs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic and the generous assistance of the IWAG - International Women’s Association, Georgia.Besides the clinics, medical mobile units were running through all the regions of Georgia providing medical services and free of charge medications, offered by the US State Department Office of Humanitarian Assistance
From 1998 till today GMF “Hippocrates” has served more than 3.5 million patients without ever making distinctions or discrimination between nationalities, religious and faith.
It was the assistance of the Greek MFA that permitted the purchase of a digital mobile Mammography Unit which made it possible for GMF “Hippocrates” to participate in the Georgian National Screening Program by providing breast cancer screening, PAP tests and PSA tests to populations of rural areas, without ever making distinctions or discrimination between nationalities, religious and faith. In cooperation with the US State Department which funded the effort, 15 small Reconstruction Projects where implemented in remote areas with the purpose of improving health and living conditions.