October 22-25, 2019
The 2nd International Symposium on Palliative Care is organized within the General Assembly of the World Medical Association (WMA) holding in Tbilisi in October 21-25, 2019.
The symposium aims at promoting the international standards palliative care in Georgia, developing and implementing adequate, scientific-based recommendations of the experts in response to all its challenges - educational, legislative, research and healthcare.
Despite some success achieved in palliative care in Georgia since 2000, basic palliative care (adequate management of pain and other symptoms) is not available in Georgia for a large number of population, needing it, which is a problem not only from medical, but from ethical and human rights points of view.
On the one hand, this is due to the lack of awareness on palliative care, as well as deficiency of vocational education, and on the other hand, the lack of relevant political will or incorrect understanding of the importance of palliative care (entirely or its mentioned components separately) by authorities (decision makers), in charge of appropriate fields.
These problems are typical to the countries like Georgia. We have sent invitation letters and tentative schedules of the symposium to internationally recognized experts of palliative care. TSU will host such professionals with international recognition, as Fiona Rawlinson, Julia Downing, Julia Verne, Katalin Muszbek, Stephen R. Connor, Xavier Gomez Batiste, Robert Twycross, Carlos Centeno, Eduardo Garralda.
The symposium considers three sessions (the 3rd session is a scientific conference with the participation of the delegates of WMA General Assembly) and 3 round tables. The materials of this symposium and, most importantly, the recommendations developed for the Governmental (Parliament of Georgia, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Science) and Academic (Universities) institutions, which will be supported by the WMA General Assembly, will increase the "political" impact for the decision-making process, needed for the development and introduction of international standards palliative care in Georgia.
Organizer of the Symposium
Professor, MD, PhD, ScD
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
President, Georgian National Association for Palliative CareProgram of Symposium