National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (NCTBLD)

NCTBLD, Tbilisi, Georgia, is a head facility for TB control in Georgia, which creates, implements and administers the National Tuberculosis Program. The Program’s aim is to decrease spreading of Tuberculosis in Georgia. The main activities of the Center includes: i. Administration of National Tuberculosis Program, ii. Provision of high quality TB diagnosis, iii.Treatment of TB patients, iv. Prevention of Tuberculosis, v. biomedical research.

The following types of services can be obtained in the Center: 
i. Diagnosis
ii.Treatment – Conservative and Surgical
iii.Examination and prevention of TB patients’ family members

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The National Center for TB and Lung Diseases consists of:  

  • Four inpatient departments
  • Department for Thoracic surgery
  • Extrapulmonary TB department
  • Children’s department
  • X-ray service

The following laboratories are operating at NCTBLD: i. National Reference Laboratory (NRL) serves as a reference biosurveillance laboratory for whole region and provides opportunity for high quality biomedical research at national and International level.  ii. General microbiology. iii. Immunology. iv. Biochemistry  v. Cytology and pathomorphology. vi. Molecular biology, vii. Clinical laboratory.

NCTBLD laboratory is equipped with technologies, including: 

  • Cell culture laboratory
  • PCR technologies
  • ELISA assay

The NCTBLD is in the process of implementation of RFLP assay.
The NCTBLD possesses the mycobacterium culture collection.
The staff of the NCTBLD consists of highly skilled professionals: physicians, surgeons, laboratory workers, scientists.

The NCTBLD  is actively collaborating with:

WHO – World Health Organization;
Emory University
Harvard University
GFATM – Global Fund against AIDS, TB and Malaria
USAID/MSCI – Madical Service Corporation International
GOPA/KFW – German Governement
ICRC – International Committee of Red Cross
Merlin
MSF – Medecins Sans Frontieres
KNCV – KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Netherlands
The National Center is in close contacts with other countries in the region (Azerbaijan, Armenia) and has a potential of conducting joint, multi site studies.
CRDF – Civillian Research and Development Fund