Global Initiative on Psychiatry - Tbilisi

The foundation Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi (GIP-Tbilisi) is a non-governmental, non-for-profit organisation that assists professional communities, NGOs, international agencies, governments, and other development institutions in the Caucasus and Central Asia to improve rights-based mental health care. The organization started its activities in May 2003, under the name of “Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi” as a Regional Support Centre for Caucasus and Central Asia. In April 2005 the name has been changed to “Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi”.

GIP - Tbilisi aims to work at 3 levels of society to achieve maximal effect:

Micro Level

In order to find innovative, locally appropriate and acceptable approaches to mental health care in Caucasus and Central Asia region, new, innovative projects and activities are sought and supported. Because of its experimental and piloting character, a proper monitoring and evaluation of results is strongly present.

Meso Level

Here the strategy is to challenge the old soviet model of psychiatry and press for more appropriate, human rights-based mental health care approach by provision of modern literature, training, workshops and conferences to the main actors in mental health care.

Macro Level

The main strategy is to influence the governments to adapt or change current laws on psychiatry conform to universal human rights and to modern standards on mental health and to push government to apply the laws and by-laws into practice; to support development of relevant MH policies and plans; to created the monitoring mechanism and supervising independent bodies for ensuring human rights protection of people with mental ill health. 

To achieve the goal GIP-Tbilisi:

  • Provides and shares with information on latest achievements, trends and directions in mental health sphere throughout the region;
  • Conducts studies in order to envision and plan the corresponding interventions in different fields of mental health care;
  • Functions as an organizational and facilitation centre for training programs;
  • Promotes local pioneering initiatives and best practices via consultations and advices;
  • Facilitates establishment and functioning of local mental health networks and coalitions;
  • Promotes cooperation between governmental and non-governmental actors working in mental health sphere;
  • Lobbies the governments for adopting and implementing appropriate legislation and policies and implementation of structural changes in the field;
  • Provides lectures, conducts workshops and organizes conferences on various aspects of the MH care. 

Program areas in which GIP-Tbilisi operates:

  • Protection and Advocacy of Human Rights
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Forensic psychiatry and prison mental health
  • Psychotrauma and psychosocial aid
  • Support of deinstitutionalization
  • Legislation and policy
  • Promotion of Juvenile Justice reform
  • HIV/AIDS and mental health 


Address: 49A Kipshidze Str., Tbilisi 0179, Georgia

tel: +99532 2235314, +99532 2214006/08


facebook: Global Initiative on Psychiatry - Tbilisi



Annual Report 2010: click here


Annual Report 2011: click here


Annual Report 2012: click here


Annual Report 2013: click here


The board of GIP-Tbilisi:

David Gzirishvili, MD, Chair (Georgia)

Nestan Duduchava, MD, Treasurer (Georgia)

Narmin Hajiyeva, MD (Azerbaijan)

Khachatur Gasparyan,(Armenia)


GIP-Tbilisi staff:

Nino Makhashvili, MD, director

Jana Javakhishvili, Senior program manager

Maia Khundadze, MD, Project manager

Tamar Okujava, MD, Project manager

Nino Agdgomelashvili, Project manager

Irina Chopikashvili, Financial manager

Nino Mkurnali, Fin&admin Assistant

Georgian Mental Health Action Plan and Related Documents

GIP-Tbilisi would like to present here a number of documents related to the Georgian National Mental Health Action Plan:

The National Mental Health Action Plan: click here

The International Experts comments and recommendations: click here

The Mental Health Policy Brief - English: click here

The Mental Health Policy Brief - Georgian: click here