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Founded as a nonprofit in 2001 in Tbilisi, Georgia, the National Center for TB and Lung Disease (NCTLD) is the primary facility for TB control in Georgia. NCTLD collaborates with organizations such as WHO, Emory, and Harvard to create, implement, and administer the National TB Program in Georgia. As one of the 28 countries identified as an MDR-TB country, establishing effective TB programming is of the utmost importance. Through the Emory-Georgia TB Research Training Program, fellows will receive opportunities for laboratory, clinical, epidemiologic, behavioral, and translational research, as well as opportunities to develop and improve capacity in Georgia. NCTLD is comprised of four inpatient departments: Department for Thoracic Surgery, Extrapulmonary TB Department, Children’s Department, and X-Ray Service. The research component of NCTLD is also equipped with a cell culture laboratory and PCR and ELISA assay technologies to research and prevent the development of resistance to TB drugs. Working with NCTLD through the Emory-Georgia TB Research Training Program allows fellows to enhance the public health infrastructure pertaining to TB control in Georgia.
Argita Salindri, MPH