Sans Frontières

Public Health

Institute of Georgia (AP)

The alliance operate as a single organization under a unified senior leadership team

Promoting International Accreditation of Health Care Facilities in

emerging markets, fragile states, and humanitarian settings

Alliance Profile

Founded in Paris, Accréditation Sans Frontières (ASF) ​translates to Accreditation Without Borders and Public Health ​Institute of Georgia (PHIG), founded in Tbilisi, are both ​international, non-profit, independent organisations promoting ​healthcare accreditation and standards in emerging ​economies, fragile states and humanitarian settings. ASF/PHIG ​(AP) alliance actions are guided by medical ethics and the ​principles of impartiality, independence, and neutrality to ​improve the quality of healthcare services, ensure the safety of ​patients and medical personnel, and improve the performance ​of healthcare facilities.



Healthcare Quality in a Humanitarian Setting

In humanitarian crises, AP emphasizes the urgency of upholding healthcare stand​ards amidst challenging conditions. Such accreditation ensures that healthcare facil​ities in crisis zones meet recognized benchmarks, fostering trust among affected commu​nities. Furthermore, it guarantees efficient resource use, attracts funding, and maint​ains vital safety protocols. By championing the cause of quality even in adver​sity, ASF serves as a beacon, ensuring that healthcare's sanctity remains uncom​promised for those most vulnerable.

Healthcare Quality in Fragile States

In fragile states, where governance, societal structures, and basic services often teeter ​on the brink, ensuring healthcare quality becomes even more crucial. Accreditation in ​these settings serves as a testament to the unwavering commitment to healthcare ​standards. By validating healthcare facilities, accreditation fosters trust among wary ​populations, ensuring that they receive care that meets recognized international or ​regional benchmarks. Moreover, it acts as a magnet for potential donors, signaling ​efficient and effective use of resources. As fragile states strive to rebuild and ​strengthen, an emphasis on healthcare quality through accreditation provides a ​foundation for healthier, more resilient communities.

Healthcare Quality in Emerging Economies

Emerging economies, characterized by rapid growth and development, face unique ​healthcare challenges. Balancing between traditional health concerns and the ​pressures of urbanization and globalization, the importance of robust healthcare ​quality becomes paramount. Accreditation in these contexts is not just a stamp of ​approval; it's a commitment to international standards, ensuring healthcare facilities ​are equipped for both endemic and emerging health issues. By promoting trust in the ​healthcare system, accreditation draws in both domestic and international ​investments. As emerging economies chart their paths forward, anchoring their ​healthcare sectors in quality through accreditation ensures that growth is ​accompanied by holistic well-being.

“Every woman, child and adolescent is entitled to quality healthcare. Independent accreditation of health facilities is not a luxury, but a vital tool to help them make the right decisions.”

Dr Giorgi Pkhakadze, President of ASF, IAP Member

The IAP is the only independent accountability mechanism established under the SDGs

Members of the United Nations Secretary General's Independent Accountability at the Parliament of Georgia

About us

Dr Pkhakadze at the House of Lords, Parliament of the United ​Kingdom, London, UK

Dr Pkhakadze at the Parliament of Georgia,

Tbilisi, Georgia

Dr Pkhakadze at the United Nations General Assembly,

New York, USA

Accréditation Sans Frontières and Public Health Institute of Georgia, as an ​alliance of two independent organisations with a common management, ​vision, and mission, is committed to advancing healthcare standards ​globally, focusing on emerging economies, fragile states, and humanitarian ​settings.

As an ASF/PHIG alliance, we are jointly, an independent, nonprofit ​organization passionately advocating for independent healthcare ​accreditation, guided by a strong foundation of medical ethics. Our mission ​centres around ensuring patient safety, protecting the well-being of ​healthcare professionals, and driving optimal performance in healthcare ​facilities.

Our Vision

ASF/PHIG envisions a world where healthcare accreditation is not simply a ​seal of approval but an example of trust. We are dedicated to elevating ​healthcare standards in emerging economies, fragile states, and ​humanitarian settings, aligning with European healthcare standards. Our ​aspiration is for every ASF/PHIG-accredited/partner organization to serve as a ​model of excellence across all aspects of patient care, fortified by ​transparency, accountability, and continuous quality improvement. These ​institutions should provide outstanding patient care and experiences and ​serve as strongholds of best healthcare practices.

In essence, our dream is for ASF/PHIG-accredited facilities to embody the ​following qualities:

Patient-Centric: Universally preferred for safety and quality.

Physician's Choice: Sought after for service quality, dedication to ​nurturing the patient experience, and commitment to fostering personal ​and professional growth.

Community Pillar: Respected for affordable, responsible, and effective ​healthcare accreditation, even in challenging humanitarian settings.

Our Mission

“Every woman, child, and adolescent is entitled to quality healthcare. ​Independent accreditation of health facilities is not a luxury, but a vital tool to ​help them make the right decisions.” (In line with the United Nations ​Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel report).

This guiding principle underscores ASF/PHIG’s unwavering dedication to ​championing national independent accreditation systems and standards. ​Our unique, scientifically supported, voluntary accreditation model, inspired ​by European healthcare standards, is executed by a carefully selected team ​of experienced national and international experts. We are committed to ​facilitating a transformative evolution in the quality of clinical and non-​clinical services in healthcare establishments throughout emerging ​economies, fragile states, and humanitarian landscapes.

The ASF-PHIG alliance (AP), formed in January 2023, unites our shared mission to elevate ​healthcare standards. We operate as one organization driven by a commitment to independent ​healthcare accreditation, patient safety, healthcare excellence, public health principles, and ​health promotion. This alliance underscores our dedication to accessible, high-quality healthcare ​worldwide.

The Public Health Institute of Georgia (PHIG) has a strong commitment to ​improving healthcare standards in Georgia. ASF and PHIG jointly initiated the ​"Accreditation Georgia" Initiative in collaboration with the David Tvildiani ​Medical University. This initiative brought together academia, local ​professional organizations, and global accreditation bodies to promote ​healthcare accreditation in Georgia.

From 2021 to 2022, more than 50 healthcare facilities voluntarily signed ​agreements with the ASF to undergo pilot accreditation (adapted Georgian ​standard), and the ASF successfully accredited four healthcare institutions. ​This initiative set an example for hospitals and all stakeholders in Georgia, ​showcasing the benefits, advantages, and sustainability of accreditation in a ​country that had never before experienced any form of healthcare facility ​accreditation.

Additionally, our alliance played a crucial role in advocating for the mandatory ​independent international accreditation of healthcare institutions. After two ​years of persistent advocacy through social media, academic engagement, ​discussions with healthcare providers and professional associations, and ​extensive dialogues with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the ​Occupied Territories, Health, Labour, and Social Affairs of Georgia, our efforts ​bore fruit in 2022. The Minister of Health issued a decree mandating ​independent international accreditation for all Georgian hospitals.

The ASF/PHIG collaboration paved the way for PHIG to establish an official ​partnership with Accreditation Canada (AC), the world's largest healthcare ​accreditation body, in January 2023. Through this partnership, 23 healthcare ​facilities in Georgia are currently undergoing international accreditation. ASF ​and PHIG have created an environment enabling the implementation of ​Georgia's international accreditation standards.

Our next step in the country's healthcare improvement implementation ​strategy is to enhance the quality of the healthcare workforce in Georgia and ​streamline access to competency-based Continuing Medical Education (CME) ​credits. We have supported over 1,000 Georgian healthcare professionals as a ​pilot, providing them with CME credit certificates. With Accreditation Canada ​in Georgia, we plan to offer approximately 1,000 competency-based CME ​credits annually. Additionally, we will continue our advocacy efforts to ensure ​the Government of Georgia recognises competency-based CME credits.

We are the best choice of accreditation organization for healthcare institutions in

resource-limited and challenging settings.

Accreditation of healthcare ​facilities in humanitarian ​settings by​ ASF/PHIG

Since 2014, the Public Health Institute of Georgia (PHIG) has championed the cause for independent international accreditation of ​healthcare facilities in Georgia. Our relentless advocacy, marked by robust social media campaigns, academic contributions, and ​continuous stakeholder and government engagement, culminated in a 2022 decree by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons ​from the Occupied Territories, Health, Labour and Social Affairs of Georgia mandating international accreditation for all state-funded ​hospitals. Strengthening this mission, in 2023, PHIG partnered with Accreditation Canada (AC) to commence the accreditation of ​23 healthcare institutions, setting a new standard for healthcare excellence in Georgia.

23 healthcare ​institutions started ​International ​healthcare ​accreditation in ​Georgia with AC

მედცენტრი (ახალი ​კლინიკა)

Innovative health promotion concept

In an age where disinformation casts long ​shadows over public health, from past ​epidemics to the digital present, the need for ​accurate, inclusive health communication has ​never been more critical. Recognizing this, ​ASF/PHIG introduced "Sheni," which means ​"yours" in Georgian—a dynamic media platform ​that champions the dissemination of factual ​health information to every corner of Georgia's ​diverse society.

"Sheni" embraces the full spectrum of digital ​channels, including popular networks like ​Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, as well as nine ​specialized websites. These platforms are ​leveraged to cover a broad array of topics in ​language that speaks directly to people's daily ​experiences. From nutrition and lifestyle to ​vaccination, "Sheni" meticulously integrates ​health messages into everyday content, ​ensuring they resonate with audiences of all ​ages, genders, and religious beliefs, and are ​equally accessible to both the bustling urban ​centers and the serene rural locales of Georgia.

The cornerstone of "Sheni" is its commitment to ​critical thinking. We carefully consider the ​reliability of our content, the credibility of ​authors, and the evidence backing their claims. ​By consistently utilizing and referencing ​established sources like the Ministry of Health ​and the WHO, "Sheni" has become a trusted ​beacon in the fight against health ​misinformation. Our efforts in fostering digital ​literacy and promoting verified information have ​not only reached over 500,000 Georgians ​monthly but have empowered individuals across ​diverse demographic lines to make informed ​health decisions. "Sheni" is more than a platform; ​it's a community builder, uniting urban and rural, ​young and old, and people from all walks of life ​in the pursuit of a healthier, well-informed ​Georgia.

Let's work together.

Mailing Address

32, Boulevard de Rochechouart,

Paris, 75018, France

3, Betelmi Rise,

Tbilisi 0105, Georgia

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