Former Foreign and Health Minister of France Bernard Kouchner held a meeting at Tbilisi State Medical University with students and talked about current and future prospects of Georgian healthcare system.
Kouchner was awarded as honored professor, by the Rector of TSMU, Zurab Vadachkoria.
Georgia needs to resist a very big pressure, because of past soviet heritage, changing this is difficult and expensive, but Mr.Sergeenko has desire to change that and fully adjust the health system.
The first obstacle is conservatism, doctors are sometimes conservative and you have to change.
Facing all of problems not only in Georgia, because you are making progress, you are changing system, so you are on the good way.
Kouchner, who is the board chairperson of the Global Alliance health organisation and co-founder of the union Doctors without Borders, arrived to Georgia today after being invited by the country’s Health Minister David Sergeenko.
Minister of Health David Sergeenko noted on meeting that Bernard Kouchner’s involvement in health care reforms will provide Georgia with access to world health care experience and getting international support.
I think that this visit will be the basis for a new step in strategic planning for the Georgian healthcare system. This is the beginning of a new cooperation, which I am sure will be successful. Cooperation with the “Global Alliance”, began in April. During this time we saw this cooperation took place.
Kouchner will also participate in the conference Healthcare Challenges in the 21st Century – Georgia and the World.