LIFE Before Death #45: Share The Wealth

2012 April 6
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Short Film 45 of 50 in the LIFE Before Death documentary series about the global crisis in untreated pain and the dramatic life changing affect palliative care services can deliver to patients and their families around the world.

In “Share The Wealth” we discover how essential palliative medicine skills and knowledge are being transferred between San Diego and Tbilisi, Georgia.

“My interest has been in developing palliative care capacity around the world,” states Dr Frank Ferris (USA). “When I start thinking about coming to teach in a particular country, there has to be a champion. Fortunately when we came to Georgia we were really invited by the champions.”

“We realized how important it was to develop palliative care as part of the national health system,” reflects Dr Dimitri Kordzaya (Georgia).

“Five or six years ago it was impossible to access these services in Georgia,” recollects Professor Rema Gvamichava (Georgia). “Now it is possible in Tbilisi and many other big cities in Georgia. We want everybody in Georgia to have access to these kinds of services.”

“Palliative care represents a main subject of concern for the country,” states elected official Dr Otar Toidze (Georgia).

“They’ve made great progress in ten years,” attests Mary Callaway (USA). “In talking to the experts in this country they all say that education (is the most important element). So we’re trying to explore different ways that we can try to help the physicians and nurses in the country.”

Featuring: Dr Frank Ferris (USA), Dr Gary Buckholtz (USA), Dr Tamari Rukhadze (Georgia), Dr Dimitri Kordzaya (Georgia), Professor Rema Gvamichava (Georgia), Dr Otar Toidze (Georgia), Mary Callaway (USA), Dr Manon Turkadze (Georgia), Mary (Georgia).

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