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Human Rights Stories
Communication for Health Rights is a project that brings human rights issues into the classroom of GIPA master’s degree program in Journalism and Media Management. Students interact with different NGO representatives, develop sources, engage in discussions, grasp issues, and report true stories that can change society. The topics covered by students include physical and mental disability, palliative care and gender inequality. The best project and story reported by students will be granted with a prize for journalism excellence supported by Open Society Georgia.


Ilia Kekishvili, 80, has been living with his wife for the last three years in a flat on the third floor of the Savane Elderly Shelter in Tbilisi. There is only room for two beds, two chairs and one little table. There’s a long hallway from the elevator to their door. There is no sound. Even when wearing a warm jacket, it feels cold, because the central heating is not working.


Nearly 73000 Veterans Waiting for Changes

During over two decades of independence, Georgia has experienced civil war plus conflicts with the Russian Federation in two regions and one short full-scale war. As a result, two regions of Georgia are occupied, and there are about 73,000 war veterans, many of them with physical wounds, amputated limbs, mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Among them are several thousand elderly veterans of World War II who are still alive and need help.


მარტოხელა დედები

“მარტოხელა დედები" საქართველოს ფსიქიკური ჯანმრთელობის კოალიციასთან თანამშრომლობით განხორციელდა. პროექტი მარტოხელა დედების პრობლემებს წარმოაჩენს, რომელთა შვილებსაც ფსიქიკური პრობელემები აწუხებთ. 

საქართველოში არ არსებობს მარტოხელა დედების ზუსტი და სრულფასოვანი სტატისტიკა; მათთვის სპეციალური სოციალური დახმარების სისტემა გაუქმებულია. მარტოხელა დედები ვერ სარგებლობენ შეღავათებით სახელმწიფოსა და დამსაქმებლების მხრიდან. ხშირ შემთხვევაში ისინი საერთოდ ვერ ხვდებიან სოციალურად დაუცველი ოჯახების მონაცემთა ერთიან ბაზაში, მიღებული ფულადი შემწეობები კი, საარსებო მინიმუმსაც ვერ უტოლდება.


Palliative care in Armenia

About 3,600 people in Armenia need palliative care each day, and about 18,000 people need such treatment over the course of a year.   

Many patients who have incurable illnesses do not get the pain relief they need.


Does every third person in refugee have mental health problem?

“Like a swallow in the spring, we felt so happy.”

That’s how 65-year-old Naira Kalandia remembers her life in Abkhazia before the war that struck 22 years ago.


Another home

Ripcime Okomtsian sold her house to try to help her husband, who was seriously ill. Unfortunately, he died. Her son got married and moved into his wife’s family house. Okomtsian, 76, was taken to live in an elderly shelter in Tbilisi, on February 25, in 2011.