Professor Giorgi Pkhakadze (MD, MPH, PhD), Head of School of Public Health, David Tvildiani Medical University, has been selected to serve on the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) which is part of the global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, launched in September last year to help further the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.
The strategy builds on 15 years of progress under the Millennium Development Goals and is the most influential global movement today, on women, children and adolescents’ health. Since the new framework of the SDGs now demands results and real action, accountability is at the heart of any new SDG linked initiative. The Independent Accountability Panel is mandated to command attention from the global community and to monitor, review and act in the interests of women, children and adolescents’ health, globally.
Dr Pkhakadze joins other distinguished panelists from diverse regions and backgrounds ranging from human rights experts to humanitarian leaders to statisticians. Panellists include: Sania Nishtar, chair, from Pakistan, Carmen Barroso from Brazil, Pali Lehohla from South Africa, Elizabeth Mason from the UK, Vinod K. Paul from India, Dakshitha Wickremarathne from Sri Lanka, Alicia Ely Yamin from the USA. The ninth panel member has yet to be announced. [http://www.everywomaneverychild.org/news-events/news/1298-announcement-of-every-woman-every-child-s-independent-accountability-panel]
Dr Pkhakadze has been working in public health in a number of regions (South Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe). He has provided expertise for the set-up and implementation of public health programmes and policies for several UN agencies, for the Global Fund (GFATM), the European Union, private international consultancy companies, several national and international nongovernmental organizations, and private and government run hospitals.
Dr Pkhakadze previously served as a member of an Independent Review Committee, Gavi and a member of the Technical Review Panel for GFATM. Since 2007, he is a Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health at the David Tvildiani Medical University and published several books and articles internationally in the field of Public Health and Anthropology. [http://www.linkedin.com/pub/giorgi-pkhakadze/2/3aa/19]