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Initiative Hospital Partnerships

The Department of Outpatient Pneumology participates in the funding programm "Initiative Klinikpartnerschaften – Partner stärken Gesundheit". The goal of this programm is the promotion of worldwide existing or new partnership projects regarding diverse health topics. The focus of the funded project is the "improvement of prevention and diagnostics of chronic obstructive airway diseases in Georgia".

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Improvement of prevention and diagnostics of chronic obstructive airway diseases in Georgia

This project will deepen the partnership between the Department of Outpatient Pneumology of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Pulmonology Department of the Chapidze Emergency Cardiology Center in Tbilisi, Georgia and the Georgian Respiratory Association. As largest university hospital in Europe, the Charité is hosting outpatient and inpatient care for patients with chronic obstructive airway diseases of the highest international standards.

In Georgia, a small country in the South Caucasus region, chronic respiratory diseases are a major public health care burden. In addition, many physicians are not trained and equipped to make a proper diagnosis, especially in some regions of Georgia. The Chapidze Center is a teaching site of the I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Therefore, the aforementioned partnership will improve the early detection of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma in Georgia through knowledge sharing with current and future clinicians. The project will start with kickoff meetings in the Chapidze Center and Charité to compare current standards in diagnostics and disease management programs. Afterwards, pneumologists of the Charité are going to perform workshops for medical practitioners in Georgia on the early diagnosis of chronic obstructive airway diseases. This will be done in collaboration with the Georgian Respiratory Association, which has 1050 active members, 10 regional branches and produces the quarterly editions of the Georgian Respiratory Journal.

Goal of the Project

Together, the Georgian and German physicians will develop training material and a course schedule for Georgian patient education in handling a chronic obstructive airway disease. Toward the end of the project, a symposium on Georgian and German therapy approaches will take place, to learn from each other’s experiences.

Project duration: 01.02.2019 - 31.01.2021

First steps towards a clinic partnership

Kickoff-Meeting; photo: Irakli Kalandia
Dr. med. Uta Liebers

From May 1st 2019 to May 4th 2019, the first meeting in Tbilisi took place.

Dr. Uta Liebers and Dr. Marija Drozdek traveled to Georgia.

The goal of the first meeting was to coordinate the course of the project together with our Georgian partners. Next to that, the project was introduced to the general public.

An overview of the possible treatment options and strategies available in the Department of Outpatient Pneumology was given.


After that, the local institutions were visited. This included a tour through the Chapidze Heart Center, its wards and patient rooms (see picture below).

The medical equipment (see picture below) for the treatment of patients was inspected, in order to determine which devices with which specifications are needed the most.

Within this project, medical equipment will be purchased in Germany and used in Georgia for the treatment of patients. The focus here is spirometry.

Patient room in the Chapidze Heart Center and medical equipment; photo:Irakli Kalandia
A typical patient room in the Chapidze Heart Center and some of the equipment available at the Chapidze Heart Center
Responsible people of the Chapidze Heart Center; photo: Irakli Kalandia
from the left: Prof. R. Jorbenadze, Prof. A. Jorbenadze, Prof. T. Maghlakelidze

On the first day of the visit, Dr. med. Uta Liebers and Dr. med. Marija Drozdek met the doctors of the Chapidze Heart Center, the director Prof. Revaz Jorbenadze, the chairman of the board Prof. Avtandil Jorbenadze, and the head of pneumology Prof. Tamaz Maghlakelidze. They also met Prof. Ivane Chkhaidze, a representative of the Georgian Respiratory Association and head of the Iashvili Children´s Hospital.

 On the second day of their stay, they had a meeting with Prof. Amiran Gamkrelidze, head of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia (NCDC) and Dr. Lela Sturua, head of the Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology and Health Promotion Department.

During another appointment, Dr. Liebers and Dr. Drozdek met with Dr. Tamar Gabunia, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Displaced Persons From the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.

This first visit of the Charité coworkers of the Depatment of Outpatient Pneumology attracted a high Georgian media attention. A seven minute video was produced, which can be watched here (Georgian language only).

During the trips through Tbilisi (pictures below), the Georgian Coworkers presented themselves as excellent hosts and conveyed an understanding of the rich and thousands of years old culture of Georgia.

Tbilisi, Georgia; photo: Charité
Tbilisi, Georgia

From June 17th 2019 till June 20th 2019, our Georgian clinical partners will visit the Department of Outpatient Pneumology of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin in order to receive an overview of the medical equipment and the therapy possibilities offered in our department.

Further information on the research of team Witt

Research at team Witt
Contact person for the research at the Department of Outpatient Pneumology