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Sergo Grdzelishvili - Georgia

While he was a senior lieutenant conducting military operations in the Abkhazian territory, Sergo Grdzelishvili's left leg was injured by a landmine.

In 1996, Sergo co-founded “Disabled People Rehabilitation and Employment Union of Georgia” (DPREUG). He has been its director since 2002. Sergo’s work at DPREUG includes lobbying government for change in disability policy and law, and medical and social rehabilitation. He is also involved in the Association of Landmine Survivors, established at the initiative of the Georgian Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly Georgian National Committee, and landmine survivors. Sergo’s work for the Association includes registering information about survivors and their social and economic reintegration needs. Sergo is also involved in implementing a sports and functional rehabilitation project under the auspices of the State Program on Social Rehabilitation for the Disabled.

Sergo’s educational background is systems engineering, and prior to his work in disability, he served as chief engineer at the Georgian Academy of Science, and earlier, the Georgian Technical University.

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